January 17, 2021

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

What a remarkable gospel passage we have to think about today—and every day! It’s John’s account of the “call” of the disciples. John’s approach to the topic is as different as night and day from the synoptic accounts. Take note of the way the disciples are called in these gospels.

In Matthew’s account, Jesus tells Peter and Andrew, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Mark is similar, as is Luke. Jesus is direct and to the point: a command. Their approach makes me think of the numerous times people have asked me, “When did you hear the call?” I never heard a call! At least, not like the “call” Peter, Andrew and Matthew received.

John’s Gospel doesn’t have Jesus call anybody! Instead, John the Baptist, preaching near the Jordan River, spots Jesus walking by. He immediately points to him, saying to those around him, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” He’s not just noting Jesus’ presence. He’s defining him. He says who he is and what his mission is. That one insight began a process of discovery.

Andrew and another disciple heard John. Their interest peaked; they followed after Jesus, who eventually turned around and asked them, “What are you looking for?” That was enough. They spent the day with him. After they left Jesus, Andrew found his brother Peter and told him that he had found the Messiah. He then brought him to Jesus.

How simple! How wonderful! Most people don’t hear a voice from heaven calling them to follow Jesus or take up a ministry. The call comes through people who have faith. Their words and actions are a quiet invitation to follow.

How did you hear the call to follow Jesus? Whose words and actions opened your heart to Jesus? Take the time to think about it. God works in marvelous ways!

Let Us Pray:

Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting me to follow you—to work for the coming of your kingdom. Please bless me in my work, bless the people who have guided me, encourage me, and support me.


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About John Kamas, SSS

Father Kamas is pastor of Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City, New York.