2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
In the 40’s frenzied bobby soxers screamed themselves into hysteria at the sight of the young singer Frank Sinatra. In the 60’s, it was Beatlemania as the rock group from England toured the United States. These days, another generation falls into a frenzy at the sight of teen idols like Justin Bieber.
The pope is not a rock star, but he causes major excitement, too. At the recent World Youth Days in Cologne, Sydney, and Madrid, the sight of the pope unleashed tremendous energy and enthusiasm from the young people.
The Gospel story’s encounter with Jesus did not take place in a stadium. It was in the quiet village of Bethany on a sleepy afternoon. Instead of great crowds, there were only John the Baptist and two future disciples. Still, the encounter unleashed the same energy, excitement, and enthusiasm. The disciples ran after Jesus, calling out his name.
Deacon Dick Folger