The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he 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 see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.
It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
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We are given a great description of discipleship today: hear, follow, and see. John’s disciples heard about Jesus and began following him. While they were with Jesus they saw. This path to discipleship was similar for the Magi. They heard about Jesus through their research and scholarship, they followed the star to Jesus, and saw.
What do you hear when God speaks to you through prayer, scriptures, the sacraments, friends, or unexpected encounters or events? Like the disciples and Magi, do we allow our lives to be transformed when we hear about and encounter Jesus?
Does the invitation to follow Jesus continually re-invigorate and renew our lives? Are we willing to give up everything – including things, hurts or regrets, pride, and self-direction – to follow Jesus? How do we respond to Jesus when following him leads us off our expected or desired plan for the day or for our lives?
What do we see when we spend time with Jesus? Do you see a great teacher who heals and comforts the poor and sick? Do you see a newborn king asking for your dedication and commitment to bring about the Kingdom of God by loving everyone you encounter?
The disciples and Magi show me that I can only see God working in the world after I listen to and follow Jesus. Do I recognize and accept this truth?
—Brother John Moriconi, S.J., a noted mandolinist, is provincial’s Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province.
Lord Jesus, Who was born for us in a stable, lived for us a life of pain and sorrow, and died for us upon a cross: say for us in the hour of our death, Father, forgive, and to Your Mother, Behold your child. Say to us, This day you shall be with Me in paradise.
Dear Savior, leave us not, forsake us not. We thirst for You, Fountain of Living Water. Our days pass quickly along, soon all will be consummated for us. To Your hands we commend our spirits, now and forever. Amen.
—Prayer by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton