Eleventh Day of Christmas
Today is all about being called and what our response should look like. Andrew and his companion who had been followers of John the Baptist were seeking truth. John’s bold proclamation, “Behold the Lamb of God,” sent them after Jesus.
Knowing that they were seeking, Jesus asked them, “What are you looking for?” They could not give him a straight answer but instead responded with a question, “Where are you staying?” This seems like a weird response and it doesn’t seem to answer the question but in reality, it does. What they were seeking cannot be handed over in an instant, it cannot be explained in a moment; they were looking for relationship with Christ and that can only be found by going where he goes. Jesus, of course knows this and invites them, “Come, and you will see.”
This is the most important thing we can do with our lives, to seek and live in relationship with God. If we live in relationship with God, praying and praising him every day, we will not be able to help but want to please him. That leads us to the radical call to righteousness of today’s first reading. It can be quite intimidating to “[never fail] to act in righteousness” in order to “belong to God” but of course God knows our hearts and he knows our humanity and he will be merciful. It is in our littleness—in our inability to be perfect—that God uses us the most. It is through our weaknesses that we will be sanctified and that is how “all the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.”
I invite you to go back to the Psalm for today and reread it, rejoicing in God’s saving power and his great mercy which will make us perfect if we only seek relationship with him every day and in everything.