January 4 – Friday
Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

JN 1:35-42

This Gospel passage calls us then to remember and thank God for those who have made the encounter with Christ possible in our lives. That encounter would have encouraged us in some way to be better people, to be people dedicated to some cause to help humankind. It also calls us to look at our own life and ask ourselves whether our lifestyle has led others to an encounter with Christ. This is what the saints did and this is what all of us who call ourselves disciples of Jesus Christ must do. If at the end of life we can say that we have led another to an encounter with Christ Jesus, our life would have been well spent.

Prayer: (all together)
All powerful and ever loving God, we thank you for the message of the Gospel. You invited the first disciples very gently to come and see. They saw and were so enthralled that they dedicated their lives to making YOU known and loved. Help us also to experience YOU in such a way that our lives will be changed, so that we too maybe so captivated by YOU that we will help others especially our children to know and to love YOU. We ask this through the intercession of Mary our Mother and through Jesus your son who invited the disciples to come and see. Amen