This Is The Word Of The Lord
Sunday January 19th, 2014
The vocation of John and his brother James is stated very simply in the Gospels, along with that of Peter and his brother Andrew: Jesus called them; they followed. The absoluteness of their response is indicated by the account. James and John “were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him” (Matthew 4:21b-22).
For the three former fishermen—Peter, James and John—that faith was to be rewarded by a special friendship with Jesus. They alone were privileged to be present at the Transfiguration, the raising of the daughter of Jairus and the agony in Gethsemane. But John’s friendship was even more special. Tradition assigns to him the Fourth Gospel, although most modern Scripture scholars think it unlikely that the apostle and the evangelist are the same person
The Apostle John is traditionally considered the author of the Fourth Gospel, three New Testament letters and the Book of Revelation. His Gospel is a very personal account. He sees the glorious and divine Jesus already in the incidents of his mortal life. At the Last Supper, John’s Jesus speaks as if he were already in heaven. It is the Gospel of Jesus’ glory.
Today’s Gospel Reading
John 1:29-34 RSV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
What Does John Mean?
This reading is the moment when John introduces Christ to some of those who have been chosen to follow Him. The full realization of the import of Christ had not yet been realized, and so John chooses these words to describe Him: “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
Abrupt and revealing? Certainly! But it is through this type of announcement that John chooses to remember these monumental events. It is how he records Nathaniel’s introduction in John 1:49, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!”, and even in recounting the very own words of Jesus, dying on the cross, who says in John 19:24-27, “Woman, here is your son. . . . Here is your mother.”!
Our Second Reading
1 Corinthians 1:1-3 RSV
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sos’thenes,
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks Be To God!
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