Who Shapes You?
Who Shapes You?
Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life — for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us— what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete. (1 John 1:1-4)
This passage talks about how John the Apostles bore powerful testimony of what God was made visible in His Son Jesus. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle with his brother, St. James. Jesus gave these sons of Zebedee the nickname “sons of thunder.” Can you imagine? Jesus gives you a nickname. At your baptism and confirmation, you received a name. Do you remember? Have you been living up to that name? Let’s get back to St. John. He was the youngest apostle and is believed to be the one called “the beloved disciple.” After the apostles encountered Jesus, their lives changed. They were shaped by their masters.
At the Last Supper, it was John who was permitted to lean his head on the chest of Jesus. He was also the only apostle who stood at the foot of the cross. The dying Jesus gave the care of his Blessed Mother Mary to this beloved apostle. Looking at Mary, he said, “Behold your mother.”
On Easter morning, Mary Magdalene and the other women went with spices to Jesus’ tomb to anoint his body. They came running back to the apostles with disturbing news. The body of Jesus was gone from the tomb. Peter and John set out to investigate. John arrived first but waited for Peter to go in ahead of him. Then he went in and saw the neatly folded linen cloths, and he understood that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Later, that same week, the disciples were fishing on Lake Tiberias without success. A man standing on the beach suggested they let down their nets on the other side of the boat. When they pulled it up again it was full of large fish. Now John, who recognized this man, called to Peter, “It is the Lord!”
With the descent of the Holy Spirit the apostles were filled with new courage. After the ascension of Jesus, Peter, and John cured a crippled man by calling on the name of Jesus. What we have learned is that the apostles were able to do what their master did. They were filled with spiritual courage. When you received our Precious Lord at the Eucharist, you became what you received. “It’s the Lord!” Did you feel the transformation in your life? At the end of Mass, you were sent into the world to glorify the Lord by your life. Frankly, people should see the different in you. They are shaped by you and you are shaped by them. Rod Williams offers these beautiful examples of how he was formed by the individuals in his life:
+ He learned to set aside judgment through his encounters with those who needed a helping hand.
+ He learned compassion and empathy from those who leaned on his shoulder in their time of need.
+ He learned patience from those who provoked his anger.
+ He learned to listen being around people he felt talked too much.
+ He learned to communicate better when dealing with those who asked a lot of questions.
+ He learned that his opinion mattered by those who sought his counsel.
+ He learned kindness, generosity, and how those attributes should influence our behavior, toward ourselves and others, by those who were goodhearted and optimistic. (https://www.sunnyskyz.com/feel-good-story/2718/Sandpaper)
Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:18)
I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. (John 13:34)
When you know how much God is in love with you, then you can only live your life radiating that love. (St. Teresa of Calcutta)
Peace in Infant Jesus,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 7:31AM