4th of December (English)

Publié le 3 Janvier 2017


John 1:35-42

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" 39 He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).


The contemplation


In every divine mission human cooperation is always desired by God. It is in this concept of Christian life that we are called to cooperate. If the John Baptist identify the ‘Lamb of God’, it is certainly Andrew who has invite Simon his brother to discover what he himself has found.

Each and every of us is called to do exactly what John Baptist has done and if God wills, He will let us know in later time where He has taken us from here. The perfect discernment of life may force us to discontinue in what we have used with, like the disciples of John become the disciples of Jesus. This process of discernment should be accompanied, like John to his disciples, Andrew towards his brother.

Human listening and confidence is the core part of our social life. Peter did listen and believe with confidence what his brother and had communicated to him. Without this listening and confidence, we may even fail to listen God. Mutual respect and guidance is the best way to know God and love Him. This will help us to enter into a perfect contemplation of divine mysteries.


Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

The first disciples longing for the Messiah, by John Chrysostom (349-407 AD)

"Andrew, after having stayed with Jesus and after having learned what he did, did not keep the treasure to himself but hurries and races to his brother in order to let him know the good things Jesus has shared with him. But why hasn’t John mentioned what they talked about? How do we know this is why they 'stayed with him'?... Observe what Andrew says to his brother, 'We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.' You see how, in a short time, he demonstrates not only the persuasiveness of the wise teacher but also his own longing that he had from the beginning. For this word, 'we have found,' is the expression of a soul that longs for his presence, looking for his coming from above, and is so ecstatic when what he is looking for happens that he hurries to tell others the good news. This is what brotherly affection, natural friendship, is all about when someone is eager to extend a hand to another when it comes to spiritual matters. Also see how he adds the article, for he does not say 'Messiah' but 'the Messiah.' They were expecting the Christ who would have nothing in common with the others." (excerpt from HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 19.1)


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