Dear Friends, 

We have a whale of a Gospel (John 1:29-42) this Sunday, another epiphany or theophany, a revelation of God in Christ, of Jesus as Messiah. But this Gospel is so complex and intricate that it can be read over and over, each reading yielding a new insight. 

Here John the Baptist declares Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” 

Two disciples, convinced by John’s testimony, decide to follow Jesus to see where he’s going and what he’s up to. Jesus finally turns and asks, “What are you looking for?” They respond with a non sequitur, “Where are you staying?” Jesus gently invites them to “Come and see.”

And that’s not all: one of the disciples tells his brother Simon that they have found the Messiah and brings him to meet Jesus. Jesus announces that from now on Simon will be called Cephas, which means “Rock” and is translated as Peter. 

That’s a lot packed into 13 verses!

  • Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
  • What are you looking for?
  • Come and see.
  • We have found the Messiah.
  • A man given a new identity.

Which part of this story speaks to you: the search for meaning; a call to explore your faith more deeply; an invitation to trust the testimony of others, even in the face of your own doubts; or being truly seen and known, promised all is forgiven?

This is a Gospel that reads US as much as we read it. I invite you to read it a few times before Sunday, then Come and See.

See you in Church!

Faithfully, Suzanne+