“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so,
remain close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating how you
can note the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going reflection.
The Call of Peter
Ordinary 2 Year B John 1: 35 — 42
1. There is something special about being present at the beginning of a new
trend or movement. Often it is only later that we look back and see just how
significant certain moments were at the time.
A particular highpoint in our reading is when John the Baptist declared
Jesus to be “Lamb of God” This immediately struck a note with Andrew and
John (writer of this Gospel). John the Baptist didn’t have to say another word.
Those who pray and study Sacred Scripture are the ones who recognise truth
when they hear it. These two men, devout practising Jews, heard the call
interiorly to follow the Lord, and did so. They recognised the Lamb, the moment
He was pointed out to them.
We too, will “drop everything” and follow the Lord at His call, when we are
open and available to Him. But it does require from us the genuine attempt to
be seeking Him, waiting for Him, and in fact, longing for His Return.
2. Andrew and John, if we interpret our reading in terms of Jewish culture,
actually asked Jesus if they could be His talmidim — His disciples. They
asked, in effect, if He would teach them to walk in His footsteps. His reply to
them, “Come and you will see”, meant to them the equivalent of, “Come and
you will learn how to do so”.
Our frequent reading and meditating on the Scriptures, especially the Gospels,
will give us the same opportunity to walk in His footsteps. In this way we too
will be among His Talmidim, the members of His Household.
3. St. John the Evangelist sat and listened to Jesus, wherever it was that He
was staying at the time. So powerful was our Lord’s spoken interpretation of
the Scriptures that John was won over to the Lord in every respect. It was a
conversion — turning his life around. And, “it was 4 p.m.”! — a decisive
moment in his lifetime he would never forget.
How valuable it would be for us to recall our “4 p.m.”, and give thanks to God
for our conversion to Jesus: to His message — His words, and the overflowing
desire to share them with the world, inviting others to also be His Talmidim.