First Reading: 1 Jn 3:7-10
Psalm: Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9
Gospel: Jn 1:35-42
It is quite interesting what a firm and steady conviction can do when
inspired by God’s grace. Today, we look at the life of St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton, RM, the first United States citizen to be canonized. St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton is also the patron of widows, children near
death, and teachers. She belonged to the aristocracy of New York
during her time, and was a convert to Catholicism amidst censure from
her predominantly Protestant family and friends. She helped establish
the first New York City private charitable organization dedicated to
widows with young children, and later founded the first religious
community of apostolic women in the United States.
In today’s Gospel, on John the Baptist’s account did Andrew go with
Jesus, only to spend the rest of the day with him. Armed with the
conclusion that he had found the Messiah, Andrew takes his brother
Simon to Jesus to see for himself. As Jesus takes a good hard look at
Simon, he calls Simon “Cephas” — meaning “Rock”.
Elizabeth Seton, Andrew and his brother Simon all had one thing in
common – they were searching for the Messiah. And when they had found
him, they spent the rest of their lives with him. In these three
erstwhile ordinary persons, we see their conviction to the truth and
their openness in finding God’s will for them. They were willing to
give up every thing — family, way of life, material possession, and
social standing — just to follow Jesus in the path to holiness. In
what ways am I similar or different to these disciples of Jesus?