I am going to cheat somewhat today and combine a reflection I wrote for CatholicMom with Colleen’s Sabbath Moments because reflections are done in the quiet!
Awareness of God. Welcome to Colleen’s meme hosted from Thoughts on Grace.
Today’s Gospel: John 1:35-42
It is amazing, really, that John’s disciples simply hear their teacher announce that Jesus is “the Lamb of God” and they follow Him, without question, without speaking a word. They are on a journey, so they do not cling to John possessively but let go to continue their search for God. These men are hungry for God and they are open, recognizing the light when they see it.
These former followers of John cannot even answer Jesus when He asks them, “What do you seek?” They probably don’t have a clue what they are really seeking: they simply know in their deepest selves that He is who John says He is—the Lamb of God—and that is enough for them. They are seekers of the truth. Yet they cannot articulate that fact, so instead they answer with another mundane question, “Where are you staying?” Even that question is not answered because Jesus basically says, “Well, if you trust me, if you want to follow me and learn from me as my disciple, come, and you will see.”
Andrew, of the two former disciples of John, fetches his brother Simon, not to see the Lamb of God, as John calls Jesus, but to come and see the Messiah, the Christ. The man who will be called Cephas, Peter, the man who becomes the rock, the first pope, this man comes because his brother trusted his inner heart, saw, heard and had the courage to act when he knew he had encountered the truth.
Have you ever had a defining moment when you knew, without a doubt, that it was God calling you to drop everything and step out to follow His leading?
Copyright 2014 Melanie Jean Juneau
10 thoughts on “A Gospel Reflection for Sabbath Moments”
I have often wondered about the disciples and how they just followed Jesus. Before I gave my heart to the Lord I wanted to know everything and had many questions. Of course, they weren’t answered until I stopped questioning. Then off we went on the journey of a life time.
our joke around here isthat if we really knew what following Jesus entailed we would have run in the opposite direction! He is gentle with us when we are on our honeymoon with Him
Sometimes I think the same! Now I just argue and debate Him. He always wins but I keep trying to have my way. Silly.
you are aware!! it is when we think we are humble but resisting interiorly that we get in trouble- your insights mean you have already surrendered 99%!!
Melanie, you are on the Gospel Reflections team too eh? Me too! I have the 20th of the month. I love it. Thanks for joining me at Sabbath Moments. God bless!
well hello team mate; it is nice to see a friendly face. I can’t wait to read yours
It can be so hard to hear His voice through the static of daily anxieties and cares. I feel like I’ve been stumbling around lately, trying to figure out what I am supposed to do.
someone explained to me once that God speaks not to our logical left-brain but to our right side- intuitive side. So listening to classical or Christian music, journaling, drawing or doodling can open us up to hear from God.