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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Today’s Reading | John 1:35–42

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). (NRSV)


“The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus walking along he said, ‘Look! The Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus.”

What an amazing thing, to trust so securely that you just turn (your life) around on a moment’s notice, a sentence.

“Andrew first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Christ). He led him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).”

Isn’t this what we all want? To be called, to know and be known, to be named. The incredible intimacy of it all. And how often do we turn to things of the world looking for this connection?

How freeing it is to know we need only turn and follow Jesus.


Precious Lord, as the psalmist writes, “You have searched me and known me; . . . it was you who formed my inward parts, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” What can I do but praise you? And pray, “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart with which to revere your name.” Amen.

Written by Anne Ellis, Program Manager for Congregational Life

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