As John was standing with two of his disciples, Jesus walked by, and John looked at him and said, «There is the Lamb of God». On hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. He turned and saw them following, and He said to them, «What are you looking for?». They answered, «Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying?». Jesus said, «Come and see». So they went and saw where he stayed and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what John had said and followed Jesus. Early the next morning he found his brother Simon and said to him, «We have found the Messiah» (which means the Christ), and he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, «You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas» (which means Rock).
We may remember the experience of the disciples of Emmaus and we have an ‘avant goût’ today, with the disciples of St. John. It is precisely an evening, as light gets diminished and in the night that these disciples of St. John get illumined and are sent back in the morning to invite others, to get illumined by the Lord. All are called to imitate their mission.
They are invited to live with Jesus, the new master, and discover by themselves, the person, CHRIST. Living together, does mean an opportunity to listen and to see, to understand and to digest, to keep silence and allow the other to do the rest. I suppose these disciples who stayed at night with Jesus, had all these experiences at a time with all its complexity, very rich both humanly and divinely. We who remain outside of this encounter, can never be able to imagine what they have lived in these precious hours. A foundation is already made……………!
Any divine encounter gets de facto multiplied and invites the other to have the same encounter. The disciples of John were invited for an encounter and the disciples of Jesus invite others to have the same encounter, here Peter gets elevated. We may have many such moments of life.
It all happened by a simple invitation, “come and see”. Though simple it appears to be, there is an implicit call to abandon something of old, to inherit something new. Leaving old way of living or thinking and getting into the newness, demand certain maturity and discernment. Faith is the fruit of this maturity and discernment. Otherwise, very little trouble will shake our faith.
Are we ready to leave behind something of old, to enter into the newness of life? Are we aware that we are called to be missionaries to announce and invite others? Do we have the courage to follow Jesus and enter with Him into the darkness or even emptiness, so that we may be illumined or filled by His light? Have a wonderful day.
«‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’. Jesus said, ‘Come and see’»
Fr. Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM
Today, the Gospel reminds us of the vocational circumstances of Jesus' first disciples. To get ready for the advent of the Messiah, John and his friend Andrew had listened to, and followed for a while, John the Baptist. One day, John the Baptist, points out to Jesus, by calling him the Lamb of God. On hearing this, John and Andrew understand that He is the long-waited Messiah! And, by leaving the Baptist, they set to follow Jesus.
Jesus hears them behind. He turns and sees them following. Jesus and those unassuming men exchange glances. They remain captivated. Jesus' gaze turns their hearts over and they feel the need to stay on with him: «Where are you staying?» (Jn 1:38), they ask him. «Come and see» (Jn 1:39), answers Jesus. He invites them to remain, to see, to meditate.
They go, and they contemplate Him while listening to Him. And they spend the evening and the night with Him. It is a time of closeness and confidences. A time of love sharing. They remain with Him until the following morning. When the Sun rises over the world.
Stirred up with the flame of that «sunrise which shines upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death...» (cf. Lk 1:78-79), they set forth to irradiate it. Exalted, they feel the urge to communicate what they have seen and lived to the first ones they may meet: «We have found the Messiah!» (Jn 1:41). Many saints have also done it similarly. St. Frances, love wounded, went about streets and squares, hamlets and woods, shouting: «Love is not loved!».
In our Christian life, the essential part is to allow Jesus to gaze into us, to go and see where he stays, to stay with him and to share. And, afterwards, to announce it. This is the way and procedure followed by the disciples and saints. It is our way.