Jesus calls Simon Peter, Andrew and John to be His disciples. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by seeking the Gift of Understanding from the Holy Spirit so he can strive to know Jesus more every day and by building the Virtue of Magnanimity so he can fulfill his person vow to be a prophet who brings many to Jesus. 

Liturgy

2nd Week in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Cycle B – Jn 1:35-42

Commentary

As he baptized multitudes with water in the historic Jordan River, John the Baptist fulfilled his magnanimous role as the new Elijah who announces the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Now, John the Baptist continues to demonstrate his humble greatness as he identifies Jesus as the “Lamb of God” and inspires two of Jesus’ future Apostles to seek to meet and learn from Jesus.

Continuing to be awed by Jesus after seeing the Holy Spirit descend upon Him at the Baptism in the Jordan River, John the Baptist sees Jesus and spontaneously calls Him the “Lamb of God”, a mysterious title that recalls the lamb that was first ritually slaughtered during the Passover in Egypt and continued to be slaughtered in the annual memorial Passover Feast. Andrew and John the Evangelist (likely), disciples of the Baptist who heard the mysterious title but cannot fathom what it means, follow Jesus. Unaware He is the Son of God, the two men honor Jesus, calling Him “Rabbi”, and Jesus invites them to follow Him ( “come and see”).  It was late afternoon, the 10th hour by Jewish reckoning is 4 pm, and Andrew and John spent the evening with Jesus at His camp in the wilderness near the Jordan River.

Having spent a single evening with Jesus, Andrew is convinced He is the Messiah and tells his brother Simon. Jesus, aware of Simon and mysteriously able to discern Simon’s heart and competency, immediately designates Simon’s importance in Salvation History by renaming him Peter (Greek for “Rock”); elsewhere (Mt 16:18), Jesus explains that Peter, the rock, will be the foundation of the Holy Catholic Church. Jesus’ act is both divine and prophetic; the Old Covenant was built on men God renamed (Abram becomes Abraham, Jacob becomes Israel) and Peter will become the foundation rock of the New Covenant and the Catholic Church.

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Filled with His Divine Presence, Jesus was endowed with a powerful Charisma and a Gaze that stops people short, forever changing the lives of those who hunger for God. Be awed that Peter, Andrew and John, down-to-earth and tough men who fish for a living, give up everything to follow Jesus after just a brief encounter.

Seek to grow in understanding of Christ

Realize: Many Catholic men struggle, unconvinced about the truth of Jesus because they have not yet truly encountered Him; a man with a receptive heart cannot be unmoved when he truly knows Jesus. 

Believe: Renew your commitment to Meet and Know Jesus (CCC 426-429, 1380, 2560, 2659).

Pray: Holy Spirit, give me the Gift of Understanding so, like the Apostles, I can more fully comprehend the reality of Who You are and seek to always draw near to You in prayer and the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.

Fulfill your vow to be a prophet

Realize: A Catholic man can forget that in the Sacrament of Confirmation, he has been indelibly marked and has personally vowed to be a prophet, a man who takes on the prophetic office to proclaim Jesus to others; every Catholic man is called to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by the holiness of his life and by telling others about Jesus. 

Believe: Update your understanding of your personal Prophetic Office (CCC 904-907, 1302-1305, 1316-1317).

Pray: Jesus, Creator of Prophets, help me build the Virtue of Magnanimity (a part of Fortitude) so I can courageously fulfill my sacred vow to be Your prophet who proclaims Your saving truth to my family, friends and many others throughout my entire life.