Engaging the Gospel – John 1:35-42

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B): Gospel – John 1:35-42

Andrew learns of Jesus from John the Baptist, meets Him, then brings his brother Simon to the Lord

Sunday’s Gospel illustrates the importance of personal relationships in the transmission of faith.

Benedict XVI explored this dimension in his catechesis on St Andrew:

Andrew had previously been a disciple of John the Baptist, and this shows us that he was a man who was searching, who shared in Israel’s hope, who wanted to know better the word of the Lord, the presence of the Lord.

After “Andrew enjoyed precious moments of intimacy with Jesus,” he shared his life-changing discovery with his brother Simon (Peter). Andrew, according to this Gospel, “was the first of the Apostles to be called to follow Jesus.” Thus the “liturgy of the Byzantine Church honors him with the nickname: ‘Protokletos,’ which means precisely, ‘the first called.’”

The Apostle Andrew, therefore, teaches us to follow Jesus with promptness, to speak enthusiastically about Him to those we meet, and especially, to cultivate a relationship of true familiarity with Him, acutely aware that in Him alone can we find the ultimate meaning of our life and death.

General Audience of June 14, 2006.

This reminds us that “faith is not an isolated act,” as the Catechism teaches:

You have not given yourself faith, as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbor impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers.

— paragraph 166.

Question for reflection: In what ways do I try to bring others to Jesus?