Devotion - June 14, 2020

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 I find it fascinating how Jesus turns around and asks John’s two disciples, “What do you want?”.  This illustrates that Jesus is human and becomes frustrated.  In any case, Andrew was one of the disciples of John who so diligently followed after Christ.  Andrew then introduces his brother, Simon, to Jesus.  It seems that Simon’s conversion is immediate, because Jesus changes his name to Peter.  Like Abram changed to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, and Saul to Paul, Simon’s encounter with the Divine transformed him permanently.  In some ways, this can be a frightful thing.  Yet, the current state of our world reveals we need more people to be thus transformed by their Higher Power.       

Invocation: Our nearest, dear Eternal Father, Light of Heaven! You call to us amid our worldly busy-ness. You call to turn us from our prideful self-reliance. Without your still, small voice of guidance,… Lord how could we know right from wrong? How could we lose our smugness to become perfected in you? Let us go forth today, growing in love, banishing intolerance, building justice, and growing past this world’s inequities!

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