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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ages 3-6): Follow

 
 

Last week, our Gospel reading talked about Jesus as just a little baby. This week, our Gospel reading talks about Jesus all grown up! As a grown up, Jesus gets baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist. The next day, John the Baptist sees Jesus walking by.

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples,

When we listen to the Holy Bible, we often hear about disciples. Disciples are people who follow someone. We hear today that John the Baptist has peoplediscipleswho follow him.

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.

John the Baptist calls Jesus the Lamb of God. (Another name for Jesus!)

John the Baptist points his disciples towards Jesus and they go follow him.

Hey! They used to follow John the Baptist, but now they follow 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?’

The two disciples feel curious about Jesus. They want to know where he lives. They want to know him better. And Jesus says,

‘Come and see.’

Jesus invites them to come. What will they do? Who will they followJohn the Baptist or Jesus?

They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.

They stay with Jesus. John the Baptist points the disciples to Jesus because that is what he does. He always points to Jesus, because Jesus is the one to follow.


We already know that Jesus is the one to follow, do we not? When Jesus tells us that he is the Good Shepherd, he says that,


He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:3b-4)


Jesus' sheep follow him, and Jesus' disciples follow him.

Both.

The sheep follow the Good Shepherd because they know his voice.

We wonder why the disciples follow him...


What will the disciples do now that they follow Jesus?

One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon...He brought Simon to Jesus

Andrew is one of the disciples. Immediately after staying with Jesus, he goes and gets his brother Simon Peter. Why does he do that? Andrew seems to want his brother to know Jesus, too. He wants to share Jesus with Simon Peter. Now more people will follow Jesus!

When Simon Peter comes to Jesus, Jesus looks at him and says,

‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).

Simon Peter has never met Jesus before but Jesus knows his name! That Good Shepherd! We know he calls his sheep by name, and now we see that he calls his disciples by name, too! He must know each one so well.


We have to wonder...does he call anyone else by name?

We wonder, too, about Andrew and that other disciple. They follow Jesus because they feel curious and they want to know him better. They must really like Jesus. We really like Jesus, too. We love him! Maybe we feel curious and want to know Jesus better, too. Will Jesus tell us to come and see? What will we say to him in our prayer?

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