2nd Sunday - Gospel: John 1:35-42 Behold the Lamb of God

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2nd Sunday - Gospel: John 1:35-42 Behold the Lamb of God

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John 1:35-42:

John 1:35-42 “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

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35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press. The English translations of the works of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) who also uses the RSV-CE or its Second Edition.

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40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

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Only in the Gospel of John do we hear that John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the Messiah and then two of his disciples left him to follow Jesus. Christianity, the followers of Christ, had begun. We were all brought to faith by someone else. A disciple of Christ was the one who led us to Him. Maybe it was a parent. Maybe we admired a Christian and wanted to be like them. During a hike in the woods a troop of Boy Scouts came across an abandoned section of railroad track. Each boy tried walking the rails but eventually lost his balance and tumbled off. Two boys, after considerable whispering, suddenly offered to bet that they could both walk the entire length of the track without falling off.

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Challenged to make good on their bet, the two boys jumped up on opposite rails, extended a hand to balance each other, and walked the entire section of track with no difficulty whatever. That in a nutshell this is the principle of Christian discipleship, to help one another develop their faith. In today’s reading we see John the Baptist willingly give up two of his disciples so that they could follow Jesus. In return those disciples brought others to the Lord. Like our Boy Scouts, how many other people have you helped to walk the track of Christianity toward the Lord and their heavenly reward? Maybe you didn’t hold their hand but maybe your example of Christian living did all that was needed.

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