JAN. 17. ORDINARY TIME (B) WK. 2. SUN. JN. 1. 35-42
Updated: Aug 22
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
At the heart of this text is a critical question from Jesus Christ to not just the two disciples, but to all his followers; - “What do you want?” A question we all have to ponder; - and answer!
Christ has been pointed out to us as the Son of God, and the Lamb of God, and we profess to be his followers, but now we have to face up to, and answer this fundamental question; - just what do I want from Christ? What is the purpose of my becoming one of his numerous followers?
The answer is actually very obvious! We believe Christ is the Son of God, so what follows immediately from that belief, and quite rightly, is a desire to Learn from Him!
This desire is at the very heart of our belief, our Faith, that Christ is the Son of God and flows, rightly, from this knowledge and awareness.
We want to learn from Him; - because we believe he IS God; - and he has been sent by God!
And it is clear from Christ’s response to his very first followers that he welcomes our inquiries and questions as this is the very purpose of his becoming one of us; - to teach and, like any good teacher; - to be an example! “Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day,”
This is how we learn from others; - by spending time with them and asking questions; - and listening to their words, which is what these new disciples did “for the rest of the day!” And we must not think, because of the passage of time, that we are unable to hear Christ’s Wisdom as this is the reason he has given us the Gospels!
God, in his Wisdom, has decreed that all the information and knowledge we need is to be found in the Gospels and the Scriptures, and there is no need for any more “information” as Christ has revealed everything we need to know!
The issue now, in the 21st Century, is how to live our lives in the light of Christ’s teachings and example which is before us in the scriptures, and in his Church, where we find multiple divine gifts to assist us in following, and imitating, the Lamb of God!
The scriptures tell us Christ’s first disciples “left everything” and followed Jesus, and in telling us that; - we have been told everything we need to know; - if we truly desire to “follow” Him!
Gospel Acclamation John 1:41. 17
We have found the Messiah:
Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace.
First reading 1 Samuel 3:3-10,19 · 'Speak, Lord, your servant is listening'
Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord, where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ He replied, ‘I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down.’ Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again the Lord called, the third time. He got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli then understood that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, and he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord then came and stood by, calling as he had done before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’
Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground.