2nd Sun B
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
A mathematics teacher set her class a different task one day. She gave each a sheet of paper on which were listed all the pupils’ names with a space of a few lines between each. She told the class that they were to fill in the list with the good things they saw in each other. At the end of the class she collected the lists and the next day each person received back another list with all the good things that were said about him or her self. Nothing further was said about the task. Years later at the funeral of one of the class, it came out that the person who had died had carried his list with him all his life. Then the various members of the class shared how his or her list was a treasured possession.
In this Sunday’s Gospel there are two instances of ‘looking intensely’ at another. John looked at Jesus and saw beyond the cousin he would have known to what Jesus was called to be. Seeing that role of Jesus helped him understand better his own calling. Jesus looked intensely at Peter and saw the person Peter was called to be.
Being seen for our best self and seeing others for their best selves are transformative experiences, both for us individually and as communities. But even more important is recognising how Jesus looks at each of us. As he did with Peter, Jesus looks at each of us with love and with the desire for each of us to grow into being the best person we could be. We each need to regularly rest within that gaze and allow it to be the guiding force of our lives.