“What do you want?
Where do you live?
Come and see.
We have found the Messiah.”
John makes a strong referral. “Look, there is the Lamb of God!” Just like that, they followed.
Fr Chito Dimaranan SDB speaks of John .
Who referred you?
Sabi ni Juan, “Ayun o!”
- Lectio (Read) 1 Sam 3:3-19, John 1:35-42
- John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi”—which translated means Teacher —, “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah”—which is translated Christ. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas”—which is translated Peter.
- GRASPING THE MESSAGE OF GOD’S WORD
Jesus’ question to the two disciples was full of meaning: “What are you looking for?” This is an important question, one that is asked of every follower of Jesus. What do we truly seek? In our own prayer, what do we really look for?
In answer to the question as to what they were looking for, the disciples ask a question: “Where are you staying?” This question further seeks to know who Jesus was. Answering this question involves knowing who are the people living with Jesus. Knowing where one comes from leads to knowing his job, his habits, his lifestyle.
The response of Jesus to this question is an invitation: “Come, and you will see.” When the disciples sought Jesus, they got what they wanted to know and more. Jesus’ life was not a secret at all. If we want to know who Jesus really is, it is a matter of staying with him—of spending time and immersing ourselves in him. The two disciples stayed that day.
Andrew is named as one of these two disciples. In the Synoptics, we do not find this episode. And yet in this gospel we see Andrew—instrumental in the call of Peter. He was the one who tells Peter that he and the other disciple have found the Messiah. He was the one who brought him to Jesus. This is an important role. This is a role that we have in our encounter with Jesus. Do we bring others to Jesus?
- Meditatio (Reflect) ~ LIVING GOD’S WORD
In the finale of text, we read: JESUS LOOKED AT HIM. Jesus takes time to appraise Peter. Then he affirms who Peter was: “You are Simon the son of John.” Jesus calls him by name. Jesus knows us and has called us by name. Prayer is personal—not only ourselves calling Jesus but Jesus calling us. God appraises us—looks into our own soul.
Jesus follows up his encounter with Peter: “You will be called Cephas.” He had a mission for him. True, Jesus calls us as we are. But he has plans for us. God’s call has a dynamic character. It moves us and changes us. Who are we right now? Is this what Jesus had wanted us to be?
- We too are asked by the Lord: “What are you looking for?” What indeed am I looking for at this moment in my life?
- Was there a moment when I heard the voice of the Lord? If so, have I found what I was searching for when I answered His call?
- Oracio (Pray) ~
PRAYING GOD’S WORD
- Answer the question that the Lord asked the two disciples: “What are you looking for?” Bring before the Lord all your cares, all the questions that you have in your heart.
- Contemplatio (Listen)
- Just be silent. Only in quietness and silence of your heart that you can hear the voice of God. When you talk God listens. Now, it’s God’s turn to speak; your time to listen.
- Actio (Act)
- “The more we are rooted in Christ, the more we rediscover interior peace, even in the midst of daily challenges.” ~ Pope Francis