Pondering for Sunday, January 19, 2020

Eucharistic Readings for the Second Sunday After Epiphany: Year A

Isaiah 49:1-7  Psalm 40:1-12  1 Corinthians 1:1-9  John 1:29-42

“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.”  (Matthew 1:35 – 39)

They followed Jesus. Our Lord Jesus did not call them, they initiated their own seeking. When we see where our Lord Jesus is in any situation, we too, if we are professed Christians, should use our own initiative and follow Jesus.  They however were not professed Christians.  The Christian path hadn’t started yet.  Andrew, at least, was on the John the Baptist path.

This seems to be the handing off of disciples.  Andrew and the other unnamed disciple of John leave John the Baptist and follow Jesus. This link or connected string of leadership has continued throughout human history, and especially in our Apostolic Christian history.  It is hard to track sometimes, but it’s there none the less in every walk of human evolution.

“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?””  (John 1:38)  It is pointed out here that our Lord Jesus did not ask them “Who” they were looking for. Our Lord Jesus often asks what is it you want me to do for you.  He asked this of James and John; of the blind man, and of others.  For God, the “what” always seems to come before the who.

So what are you looking for?  Utter some word in your heart that describes “what” you are looking for.  Might it be peace?  Might it be love?  Might it be joy? Might it be wealth?  Might it be health? Might it be revenge (you fill in the blank)?  If what you are looking for is not loving, it may not be our Lord Jesus that you want to take the initiative to follow.

But if we are following our Lord Jesus, then why? Are we following our Lord Jesus just to abide with him?  Our Lord Jesus asks a very provocative question, “What are you looking for?”  What do you want me to do for you?  Sometimes we can’t do discernment because we didn’t ask ourselves the right question.  What am I looking for?

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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