Daily Gospel Reflection for January 4, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: John 1:35-42

It is amazing, really, that John’s disciples simply hear their teacher announce that Jesus is “the Lamb of God” and they follow Him, without question, without speaking a word. They are on a journey, so they do not cling to John possessively but let go to continue their search for God. These men are hungry for God and they are open, recognizing the light when they see it.

These former followers of John cannot even answer Jesus when He asks them, “What do you seek?” They probably don’t have a clue what they are really seeking: they simply know in their deepest selves that He is who John says He is—the Lamb of God—and that is enough for them. They are seekers of the truth. Yet they cannot articulate that fact,  so instead they answer with another mundane question, “Where are you staying?” Even that question is not answered because Jesus basically says, “Well, if you trust me, if you want to follow me and learn from me as my disciple, come, and you will  see.”

Andrew, of the two former disciples of John, fetches his brother Simon, not to see the Lamb of God, as John calls Jesus, but to come and see the Messiah, the Christ. The man who will be called Cephas, Peter, the man who becomes the rock, the first pope, this man comes because his brother trusted his inner heart, saw, heard and  had the courage to act when he knew he had encountered the truth.

Ponder:

Have you ever had a defining moment when you knew, without a doubt, that it was God calling you to drop everything and step out to follow His leading?

Pray:

Oh Lord, open my eyes and open my ears to hear and recognize each truth as You show it to me. Give me the humility to let go of former things and follow you without fear into the unknown, deeper into a more intimate union with You.

Copyright 2014 Melanie Jean Juneau

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Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.

4 Comments

  1. Melanie, thank you for this beautiful reflection. You ask an interesting question! I have tried to ponder if I’ve had a “defining moment”, but it feels more like my life has been a series of small, cumulative moments that have led to where I am today. I pray that if I were faced with the choice the disciples had, that I would follow Jesus. But I fear that my mind would be filled with concerns of the world, my family and the practicalities that would keep me from following him with such radical courage and conviction. Today, I’m praying to spot such instances and to have the courage to seize them.

  2. Allison Gingras on

    Great reflection and I too especially appreciate this question. While I can think of many moments I felt God’s calling, I can not definitely say I answered them without some degree of doubt, but I guess that is where the idea of Faith comes into play.

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