COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 217
In today’s Gospel, we see the first days of the first disciples of Jesus. John says Jesus was “passing by” – he was on the move, he had a direction and a purpose. The two soon-to-be disciples may have been sitting at the first-century version of the sidewalk café, sipping tea, discussing the news of the town in what may have been for them a comfortable daily habit.
When they heard the news of John’s announcement, they got up, they went, they followed Jesus on his way. This news was not the same as the daily gossip – this was so profoundly important that it required action – it was time to go.
Next we are told they spent that whole day with Jesus. Not satisfied with John’s simple pronouncement or even their past knowledge from the scriptures, they wanted to listen to Jesus, to probe deeply and learn of him and from him – it was time to know.
Finally, Andrew rushes to tell his brother Simon that “we have found the Messiah”. Notice the “we” – the disciples are already showing a tendency to act together rather than solo. Then Andrew brought Simon to Jesus – it was time to tell.
Disciples go, know, and tell. May God grant us grace to go where Jesus leads, to know him and his saving power as our Messiah, and to tell others what we too have found.