Jn 1: 35-42

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.

It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Reminded to follow the Lord

In today’s Gospel Jesus begins to gather disciples. John the Baptist sends him two of his own, and they in turn bring others. They first call him Teacher, even Messiah, but over the next years they’ll come to see he is much more.

Dieric Bouts’s painting, Ecce Agnus Dei, pictures the Baptist speaking not to his two disciples but to the man who commissioned the painting. John lays his hand on the man’s shoulder and points to Jesus. The donor specified this change, because he wanted to be reminded every day to follow the Lord.

We can picture ourselves in his place for we’re also called to be disciples. Christ calls us to follow him through this year’s Gospels, to know him intimately and receive his Spirit by doing in prayer what disciples traditionally do: converse with the master, ponder his teaching, contemplate him in action, and rest in his presence.

—Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ is a retreat director at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, from the start
You invite ordinary people to come to where you live.
When they come, you welcome them
and call them to labor and rejoice with you.
You are the most beautiful among all men,
and I hardly believe you want me for your friend.
You are powerful, Lord.
Draw me more and more into your friendship
and lead me along the way you took with friends.

—Joseph Tetlow, SJ