This Sunday’s Gospel: January 17, 2021

This Sunday's Gospel

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When I read the Gospels, I remember that we’re Jesus’ disciples. Because Scripture is alive and we’re followers of Christ, when Jesus speaks to His disciples in the Gospels, He’s talking to us. Of course we can relate to the people in the Bible, but we also are those people. In this Sunday’s Gospel, we’re the disciples who seek Jesus because we want to be with Him.

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As simple as it is, the little “come and see” section of this passage is so dear to me. John the Baptist points out Jesus to his own disciples and affirms that He is the Lamb of God. The disciples immediately follow Him. I recently noticed that Jesus asks a lot of questions in the Gospels. I wondered why He does this considering that He’s God and He already knows everything. When He asks the disciples, “What are you looking for?” Jesus wants to see their faith. He gets His answer when they respond with “Rabbi,” recognizing Him as a teacher, and asking, “where are you staying?” to show that they want to be with Him. Jesus invites them to follow Him saying, “Come, and you will see.”

Jesus extends the same invitation to us today. He’s still inviting us to dwell with Him and spend time with Him. When we accept and follow Him, we open our hearts to a relationship with them. Today’s reading says that the disciples stayed with Jesus for a day, but it doesn’t specify how they spent their time. Maybe they asked Jesus questions and let Him teach them. Maybe He told them stories, or maybe they just enjoyed each other’s company. Whatever they did, the disciples had an intimate encounter with the Lord and left changed for the better. This week, let’s remember to be open to Jesus’ invitations to “come and see” His goodness. As we encounter Him, let’s resolve to know Him more deeply and follow Him more closely.

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Published by madeline_mckissick

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Madeline spent a year of service in Washington DC before settling on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She and her husband, Nathan strive for holiness and Sainthood by living simply and intentionally with their eyes fixed on God. You can find Madeline wearing cardigans, enjoying a charcuterie board and a glass of wine, playing board games, spending time with her loved ones, and sometimes doing all four at once. Check out and @radiantwjoy on Instagram!

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