Come in order to see

The Lord Is My Chef Christmas Recipe by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Wednesday in the Christmas Weekday, 04 January 2023
1 John 3:7-10     ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'>     John 1:35-42
Photo by Mr. Ryan John Jacob, 02 January 2023 in Paco, Obando, Bulacan.
I have always wondered, Lord Jesus,
what have you shown Andrew and his
companion that day you invited them
to "come and see"?

He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.

John 1:39-41
Everyday, you also invite me 
to come so that I will see you but
rarely do I really COME to experience
you; rarely do I come to feel you;
rarely do I come to listen to you;
rarely do I come to just sit beside you
nor watch the day go by; forgive me,
Jesus for always refusing to come to you
especially when you are down and sad,
sick and aching inside, when you are
boxed by people, imprisoned in wrongful
thoughts, or simply because you are poor,
not like me and my friends who are cool
and hip and modern...
That is why, many times,
I also fail to SEE you in person,
Lord Jesus that I do not see your smiles 
and your tears; I do not see
your sufferings and pains; 
I do not see your point of view; 
I cannot see your reasons and your
situations nor plight; most of all,
I fail to see your love and trust in me
because I keep on spending more time
coming to see the make believe world of media.
What did Andrew and companion
see that whole day, Jesus?
It must be a lot of you!
A lot of you in yourself,
a lot of you in themselves,
and a lot of you in others
as well as in life and in nature!
Dearest Lord Jesus,
bless me and let me 
this 2023 to always come
and see where you stay
so that at the end of each day
I may also say or exclaim like Andrew
"We have found the Messiah"!
Amen.

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