Reading: John 1: 35-42
Andrew was alerted to Jesus by the one he followed: John the Baptist. John saw Jesus and declared, “Look, the Lamb of God”. Andrew and a friend follow this Jesus, seeking to discover just who He is. Jesus notices them tagging along and asks, “What do you want”? They reply with a question, “Where are you staying”? In other words, they were asking if they could go there and spend some time with Jesus. They wanted to know who this “Lamb of God” really was. Jesus invites them, saying, “Come and you will see”.
To spend time with Jesus, Andrew had to be aware of the opportunity. He could have simply nodded in acknowledgement, and maybe glanced up, when John stated who was passing by. In our day to day lives we often do this. We give someone or something a tip of the head or a wave of the hand, but too often we do not really give that person or situation our full attention. I wonder how many opportunities are missed each day. But Andrew does not miss this one. They tag along and spend some time with Jesus. After spending the day with Jesus, Andrew is convinced of who He is and goes to find his brother, Simon Peter. Andrew declares, “We have found the Messiah!” and brings his brother to meet Jesus.
Andrew’s actions are great models for us to follow. His first action was to be mindful of God’s presence in his life. Andrew latched onto the chance to spend some time with Jesus and it was a transformative experience for him. Spending time with Jesus will do the same for us. His second action was to share Jesus, to bring others to Christ. In this case, he brought his brother. Once Andrew spent time with and knew who Jesus was, he sought to introduce others to Jesus. This too is our call: to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
May we each be aware of God’s presence in our lives – both within us personally and also in the world and people around us – so that we can know Jesus and can seek to help others to ‘come and see’ Jesus as well.