John 1:35-42 35
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37. When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39. “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. 40. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42. And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
In John’s Gospel is written this ‘alternative’ account of Christ calling his first disciples. In Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20, and Luke 5:1-11, the first disciples are shown leaving their boats, nets, fish, and homes. Here, in John, the disciples are shown seeking out Christ. They exclaim, “Look, the Lamb of God” and ask Christ where he is staying. These first disciples are more than just followers, they are devotees. They have no concern for the homes they are leaving, because they recognize Christ as their home. They love the Divine Light around Christ with all their heart, all their soul, all their mind, and all their strength. In my life, I seek this surrender to the Divine, albeit I’m slow and vacillating compared to these first disciples.
To you Sovereign Mother Divine I surrender my body, heart, strength, and mind. So this day I may carry your joy and your love For all people beside this my path you entrust.
You’ve thus led and filled my needs Through every breath I draw for life. You’ve thus led and filled my needs With every step I take on your path!