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The Third Sunday of Dinha
The Third Sunday of Epiphany
A Wondrous Invitation
Only the Gospel of John relates the story of Andrew and another Disciple (possibly John himself) first meeting Jesus through the testimony of John the Baptist, who names Jesus the “Lamb of God.” The Gospel narrative continues:
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “Where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” - John 1: 37-39
What would it have been like to enter the very home of Jesus? What kind of house was it? Who else was living there with him? Perhaps Mary? What sort of furniture did it have? And art? How was it decorated? And what did it feel like to be there? None of these questions is answered by the Gospel, and perhaps rightly - perhaps it is right for us not to know these things, so that our wonder can pull us more strongly toward Christ.
A Spiritual House
The Basilica Hymn for the Third Sunday of Epiphany begins in the same way, with a similar invitation:
Come and be amazed, my beloved, at that wise Creator who, when he saw that his work was being mocked by the insolent, sent his Beloved and assumed our form, and revealed and made known, in him, the mystery that had been hidden from ages and generations.
Here it is the mystery of salvation, and precisely the salvation that comes about in knowing the Trinitarian Nature of God, to which we are invited. Wonder is again the main emotion drawing us to “be amazed” at the Creator who was not satisfied simply with creating.
God is inviting us to be close to him not simply as the Creator, but as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God wants us not only to be his servants, but also members of his Divine Family; and so he becomes one of us and in his baptism and ours, opens up his front door and invites us in. That being the case, we who are baptized are now considered as adopted sons through Christ, and not only workers of the Kingdom of God:
By his hand he was expounded, like the voice of the prosperous worker. Therefore, O Lord, we cry out and say: O you who made peace with the ages by his dawning: Glory to you!