2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time B21
There’s something strange going on. Did you notice? After spending some time last week going over various aspects of Mark’s Gospel and by stating that his Gospel will be read in Ordinary Time during Year B, the Gospel of this 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time is according to John! Regardless, this is a vocation story of the first followers of Jesus and for us.
The 1st words that the Gospel has Jesus speak are a fundamental question that every person must answer: “What are you looking for”.
There are many possible answers: riches, fame, power, meaning, etc. Some people never find their real purpose and live their lives in “quiet desperation” according to one commentator (Henry David Thoreau). Fr. Pedro Arrupe has another more hopeful view in a prayer attributed to him:
“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”
The two disciples of the Baptist fell in love after they answered Jesus’ invitation to come and see. It also happened to Samuel when he and Eli finally understood that God was calling him. That’s what Paul is telling us when he says “you are not your own.”
Our common vocation is to fall in love – with God and with all of God’s creation. Whether we marry or not, the decision to love is at the core of our lives!
 Google ‘fr pedro arrupe’ to find this prayer.