Reflection on John 1:35-42 ~
Are you being transformed from one degree of faith to another gradually or perhaps suddenly? Andrew and Peter followed John the Baptist because John knew the Messiah was coming. Andrew and Peter’s rapid movement toward Jesus can give us an appreciation of God’s plan for the possibilities of our own transformation. Following Jesus can occur quickly but for most of us accepting God’s plan happens slowly over decades. You can probably think of treasured moments with Jesus in your own journey.
John 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The First Disciples of Jesus
35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 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?” 39 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. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42 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).
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on 1:35-42.