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).
Today is Friday, the 4 January, in the Season of Christmas.
The Choir of Westminster Cathedral sing Tu Es Petrus by Palestrina: ‘You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
This conversation doesn’t seem to hang together.‘What are you looking for?’ asks Jesus.But John’s disciples answer with another question, ‘where are you staying?’Perhaps they are asking, ‘where can we find you, where do you belong, how can we place you and fit you in to our own perspective?’There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to begin a journey of exploration, spending time with Jesus.We know that this will be the first step for these two men on a journey which will take them far beyond what feels safe and familiar.
Imagine yourself into this scene.You don’t know who this man is or where he is leading you.What does it feel like to go along with him?Do you feel eager or perhaps a bit apprehensive?You don’t know where this is all going to lead, yet you stay with him all afternoon.What makes you stay?
Listen to the reading once more.
Andrew wants to share the news of his great discovery.It’s the beginning of an epic story.How does it feel to be at the beginning of it all, witnessing the disciples’ call?How do you want to respond?