Wednesday, January 03, 2018


THURSDAY, Christmas Weekday I

January 4, 2018 – THURSDAY, Christmas Weekday I

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious



1 Jn 3: 7- 10 / Jn 1: 35- 42.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774 -1821), married and with five children, converted to Catholicism after being widowed. In 1810 she founded the first Catholic school for underprivileged children in Emmitsburg, MD, USA, which was the start of the US parochial school system. She also founded the Sisters of Charity, the first religious society in the US (1810). Beatified in 1863 and canonized in 1975, she was the first native-born American canonized saint.


GOSPEL READING:           Jn 1: 35- 42

On the following day John was standing there again with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and said, "There is the Lamb of God." On hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. He turned and saw them following, and he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They answered, "Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying?" Jesus said, "Come and see." So they went and saw where he stayed and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.


Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what John had said and followed Jesus. Early the next morning he found his brother Simon and said to him "We have found the Messiah" (which means the Christ), and he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas" (which means Rock).



In today's Gospel reading John the Baptist introduces Jesus to his own disciples, "There is the Lamb of God." Andrew and a companion follow Jesus and are asked, "What are you looking for?" They reply with another question, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" The two disciples are indeed very curious about the man John called the

"Lamb of God."


Are we as curious and as desirous to know more about Jesus the Lord? Where would we find Jesus in today's world? In church? In the pages of the Bible? In our own practice of our Christian faith?


Jesus continues to invite us as he did the two: "Come and see." The only way to find Jesus to know him is to seek him out, follow him and personally experience his presence to us. Only then can we realize that he is truly in everything, everywhere and in everyone. In doing so we discover a better appreciation of life. Finding Jesus gives meaning to our lives. And clearly that is what we seek.


However, we can only find him if we truly want to look and to follow him, like Andrew and his companion: "Where are you staying?" "Where are you in our lives?"


And when we find him, we will surely wish to share our knowledge of him with others, as Andrew did to his brother Simon.





     Fr. Benedicto M. De Guzman, S.J.. 



     James & Gloria Yu 



     Ong Ai Gui


Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


Have a good day!



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