Gospel Reading and Thoughts for January 18, 2015

jesus calls peterGospel – 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.


I can only imagine how charismatic Christ must have been to so quickly gather disciples to himself.

Close your eyes.  What would have called you to Him?  His kind eyes?  His gentle nature?  Perhaps the tone of his voice or the way He smiled?  Maybe His words of redemption and salvation would give you hope.  His kindness and affection made you feel a sense of belonging and friendship?

What calls you to Him now?  Hope?  Belonging?  Friendship?  Kindness?  Love?

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