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John 1:35-42

The Word of God

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).

John 1:35-42
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    • Jesus’ invitation to John’s disciples to “come and see” is still addressed to each of us. It is an invitation to prayer. And we can continue to ask “to know him more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly”.
    • Without John the Baptist Andrew would not have come to know Jesus; without Andrew seeking out his brother, neither would Simon Peter. Jesus brings the Good News, in fact he is the Good News. But he relies on others to spread it, or we might say, to introduce others to him. Do you see this as part of your calling as a Christian? Do you network for Christ?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    • John the Baptist, who had an immense following in Jerusalem, does something remarkable here. He points his followers towards Jesus, the Lamb of God. They walk away from John and follow Jesus, with John’s blessing.
    • John was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. He is happy to see his followers leave him, and his influence wane, because he is witnessing to Jesus. If we bring our ego to people, we bring death. If we bring Jesus, we bring life.
    • When people really 'see' Jesus - life is never again the same. Simon would have a change of name, the Magi went back by another route, and millions throughout the ages have found the same, some even giving their lives for this man. To 'see' Jesus is to have some sort of glimpse of who he really is - the compassionate healer, the one who loves to the end, the Son of God.
    •  Praying gently and with the imagination is a way of 'seeing' Jesus. Who is he for you? What is your favourite name for him, as they liked the name 'Rabbi/Teacher'? Prayer asks for this knowledge like in St Ignatius' prayer: 'Lord, teach me to know you more, to love you more and serve you more faithfully in my life'
    • In a loving look you know that you are loved - perhaps by your child, grandchild, boy or girlfriend, friend, parent, husband or wife. Jesus looked hard at them - looked right into them - and called them. They were affirmed and loved in that look. Prayer can start with you looking at God looking at you. Take in the look, allow the look to warm you and invite you. The look of Jesus says in its own way, ‘Come and see'.
    • Prayer is time to come and see who the Lord is, and who we are ourselves.
    • John is a signpost, drawing attention to the presence of God. He is content not to be the object of attention.
    • I hear Jesus ask me. ‘What are you looking for?’ I take time to answer with what is deep in my heart. If I cannot find words, I stay with my mood, being present to Jesus who knows and loves me. I listen for his invitation to draw closer, ‘Come and see.’

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