ST ANDREW KIM CATHOLIC CHURCH
January 17, 2021
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Daegon Andrew Namgil Kim
Today is the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel conveys the scene
where Peter and Andrew become the disciples of Jesus. Andrew was a disciple
of John the Baptist. Then, John the Baptist suddenly said that Jesus is “the
Lamb of God.” John knew that Jesus was the Savior and the Lamb who would
save Israel. Jesus is the Savior who will save Israel and the whole mankind
from sin by his blood.
Andrew comes up to Jesus, and asks if he could stay with Jesus that night. At
that moment, Andrew calls Jesus as Rabbi, which means teacher. After staying
the night with Jesus, Andrew went to his brother Simon, and said that he met
the Messiah, that is Christ. Andrew now professes that he has met Jesus as the
Savior who will save the world, not just as a teacher. Andrew also came to
know that Jesus is the Savior who will save the world, like John the Baptist
After this, Jesus stares at Simon attentively, calls him Kephas, which is
translated as Peter. This has the meaning of rock. In this way, the encounter of
Jesus and Peter is made, and Peter becomes Jesus’ disciple. When we pray, we
say ‘Amen.’ Amen is originated from a word that means rock. A strong faith in
God and a total dependence on God are included in the word. Jesus calls Simon
as Peter, and accepts him as his disciple with much attention.
The 1st reading today conveys the scene where Samuel is called by God.
Samuel is still young so he could not recognize the calling of God in the
beginning. At last, he was able to answer the calling of God with the help of
Eli his teacher. In the appearance of Eli, John the Baptist and Andrew are
overlapped. To be able to answer the calling of God, we need the help of
someone who can recognize the calling of God like Eli. If we want to live
answering to the word of God, there must be someone who lives attentive to
the word of God before us.
The faith of our parents, the faithful brothers and sisters, and those who seek
the will of God are like those of Eli, John the Baptist, and Andrew. We are
destined to be affected and helped by others. And our attitude can be of
offering help to others. God is considered to deliver his calling through those
who seek Him. We may not be a Peter, but we can be another Andrew or John
the Baptist. And we can take the role of another Eli. Our little action can bring
a tremendous result.
It is obviously true that receiving the calling is his or her own share as we can
see in Peter. Samuel answers to the word of God: "Speak, for your servant is
listening." It is important to listen to the word of God as a servant. It is
obvious that only those who always try to bend their ears to the word of God
can respond to the calling rightly. Accordingly, each one of us needs to ask for
the life of always listening to the word of God.
Jesus saw Peter attentively and must know well that Peter had lived listening to
the word of God. The fact that the name Peter was given to him might not be
a coincidence. In fact, he must have lived the life of total obedience to the
word of God. That kind of person can respond to the calling of God instantly.
It is because the calling of God cannot be received by people who live at his
or her own disposal, without any preparation. After this, the word of God will
be with us, and God will accomplish his own work in us. “Samuel grew up,
and the LORD was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without
In the 2nd reading, Paul the apostle invites the Corinthians to live as members
of Christ, so as to be united with the Lord in the same spirit. In fact, this is
the life of those who are called by the Lord. Therefore, Paul teaches them not
to defile their body and the body of the Lord as well, in order to
wholeheartedly serve the Lord who is the head of the members of the Lord. He
lets them know that the one who really loves and cares for their body is the
Therefore, he continues to say that the way of living truly as a member of
Christ is to let the Lord be the true Lord in our body and to live with the
power of the Lord. He also explains that infidelity is not using our body for the
will of God, but for satisfying our greed. He says that infidelity, unlike other
sins, harms our own bodies, commits sin on ourselves, and hurts the body of
the Lord. He teaches us to be cautious and vigilant against infidelity that goes
against the glory of God, as the members of the Lord.
Accordingly, to respond to the calling of the Lord is to reveal the glory of God
with our bodies as a servant of God like Samuel and a rock-like faith life as
Peter. It is trying to always listen to the word of God with our bodies, and
thereby, to use our bodies according to the word of God so that we can try to
cooperate with the Lord who saves the world. This is the share of those who
receive the calling of God.
Even today, God calls each one of us to become His disciples in diverse ways
and through many persons in every moment. God gathers those who can work
together with Him for the kingdom of God and our salvation. If we can add
our effort a little, how joyful can we live! How joyful if we can be called the
members of the Lord! This could be the way to the kingdom of God!
To do so, we need to ask for the life of always listening to the word of the
Lord with our whole body and mind. The way of responding to the calling of
the Lord is only the share of those who prepare for it. We need to keep in
mind that those who can receive the calling are the members of the Lord. They
are the people who practice the will of God with the Lord. I hope that we can
ardently ask for the holy life as members and disciples who follow the will of
God and pray to reveal the glory of God. I pray for you, brothers and sisters,
to become the members of the Lord so that you can have joy and enter into the
glory of God fully.