The Gospel reading and homily from today’s Mass (Jan 4 here in PNG) has been rattling around in my head this morning and I thought I would write about it while I still have a few minutes of internet time left.
The reading is Jn 1:35-42 and in it, Jesus asks, “What are you looking for?”, when he sees some disciples following him. It also tells how Andrew, after spending the day listening to Jesus, goes and finds his brother Simon and tells him that they’ve found the Messiah and he needs to go meet him. Of course Simon becomes known as Peter. Andrew always seems to be bringing people to meet Jesus.
Fr. Cyril, the priest at St. Fidelis, spoke of this Gospel reading in terms of vocations. St. Fidelis is in the “business” of vocations. Our job is to help the young seminarians who arrive here to give birth to, nurture, define, and learn to care for their own vocations. An awesome responsibility.
I wouldn’t be here in PNG if I didn’t feel a vocation for working with young adults. That’s why I was in campus ministry for so long and it’s a big part of why I’m here now.
I hope I’m up to the tasks ahead and pray that I’m where God wants me to be and not too dull a tool for his work.