Gospel Reflections

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

John 1:35-42

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Marie Tighe

Published: January 14, 2018

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As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, “Look, there is the lamb of God.”... Read More…


Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, speaking of his son  in the Benedictus declared, “As for you little child you shall be called a Prophet of God the Most high for you shall go ahead of the Lord to prepare his ways before him.” John had proclaimed to the people a baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Zachariah decreed that the coming Lord would “make known to his people their salvation through the forgiveness of all their sins, the loving kindness of the heart of our God who visits us like the dawn from on high.“ Jesus, the Christ, is the loving kindness of the heart of our God.

John recognized Jesus, and his role as a prophet heralding the Messiah was now completed. John was ready to let go and make way for the one on whom he had seen the Spirit resting. We sometimes say “Let go and let God.” John in a very real way did ‘let go and let God.’ He stepped back so that the loving kindness of the heart of our God would be manifested in the person of Jesus.

In today’s Gospel we see this loving kindness shown by Jesus when he turns and invites John’s two disciples to “Come and see.” We are not given any details of how the afternoon was spent with Jesus, but Andrew could not wait to tell his brother Simon all about it, and to take him to meet Jesus, the Messiah. 

This ‘Song of the Pariah, the Barber’ taken from Ancient Buddhist Literature could almost be another way of describing today’s Gospel incidence.

The Spirit of blessing has passed before my house, the house that belongs to me, the barber! I ran, he turned, he waited for me, Me! the barber!

I said: “May I speak to you, O lord?” And he said: “Yes”

And I said, “May I follow you?” And he said: “Yes”

Even me, the barber! And I said: “May I stay near you, O lord?”And he said, “You may.”

Even me, the poor barber!                                                                       

As with the Poor Barber, the Spirit of Blessing has passed before each one of us. For us however the Spirit of Blessing does not just let us speak to him; follow him, or even allow us to simply stay near him. No! We are given very much more than all of that! In St John’s Gospel Chapter 15 Jesus invites us to make our home in him as he makes his home in each one of us.

This coming week let us ask the Spirit of Blessing; the Holy Sprit who has made his home deep within us, to help us to recognise his presence in every person with whom we come in contact. Maybe, also like John the Baptist, we could be aware of the times when we need to, LET GO AND LET GOD!

 

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