Eucharistic Readings for the Third Sunday After the Epiphany: Year A
“As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers” (Matthew 4:18)
Capernaum is the first place of choice for our Lord Jesus. He was born in Bethlehem, Taken to Egypt, brought back to Bethlehem, Later taken to Nazareth, , and then taken to Jerusalem at least a couple of times to the Temple in Jerusalem, invited to a wedding in Cana, all according to accounts from the Gospel according to Luke and John.
To Capernaum, he goes of his own free will and accord. And there he enlists two pairs of brothers. With Andrew and Peter, and John and James, our Lord Jesus lays the foundation of brotherly love. Later when he sends them out 2X2, all will have experienced what it means to be brothers.
I am a member of the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew. This order was founded to bring men to, or back to, the Church. We pray at each meeting: “Almighty God, you gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (BCP 185 & the Brotherhood pamphlet)
The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew is an organization devoted to Prayer, Study and Service. We open with structure, conduct business and then do Bible Study. It is great. We try hard to engage young men to come and be a brother among us because this is what Andrew did according to the Gospel of St John. (John 1:40 – 42) While it may seem that this contradicts the Matthew enlisting above, it doesn’t have to. The walk on the beach could have happened a day or two later. This is both- and, not either- or.
My point is that Jesus started his plan of evangelism with blood brothers in order to make us all siblings with our Lord Jesus through the grafting of his body and blood into us all. I believe all Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Thank You Lord Jesus.
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