“Come and see” John 1:39
Four verbs in the Gospel reading speak to us about our lives as Christians: come, see, followed, and brought.
In Saint John Chapter 1 Verse 39, Jesus says to two of those who listened to him, “Come and see.”
“Come”: being a Christian demands a response, it is not something that just happens. Are we people who respond, or do we wait for things to happen to us? Many people in churches assume that when Jesus says “come,” he is not talking to them. Many …
“when Jesus had been baptized” Matthew 3:16
The baptism of Jesus is about God being with us.
It is about Jesus coming to be one with us.
Baptism in Jesus’ time was about repentance; it was about saying sorry for the things one had done wrong; it was about symbolically washing away your past and showing people that you wanted to start again. John the Baptist was not the only man performing baptisms, there were other preachers calling people to repent, other preachers calling on people to turn their backs …
“So he got up, took the child and his mother and left for Egypt.” Matthew 2: 13
As we begin a New Year, a year that will undoubtedly have many ups and downs. What do we learn from the experiences of the Holy Family?
Mary and Joseph make the difficult journey down to Bethlehem filled with fear and apprehension and Mary goes through a childbirth that would have not been easy in the circumstances. Then there is this wonderful high point. A group of dirty, unkempt shepherds, men who were coarse …
” . . . to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11
It has been a year when it has been almost impossible to avoid political news – in the United States, in Europe, in the Middle East – our human desire for power has filled the news headlines. The story of the birth of the baby at Bethlehem reminds us that politicians and elections, campaigns and votes, wars and conflicts, take place in a world we …
“they shall name him” Matthew 1:23
The Gospel reading from Saint Matthew Chapter 1 includes four names that were used for Jesus.
Jesus is called the Messiah.
Verse 18 says, “Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.” The word “Messiah” is Hebrew for “the anointed one”, the “chosen one,” in Greek the word is “Christ.” The people were eagerly waiting for a messiah. When John the Baptist began his ministry some though he might be the messiah who had at last arrived. We read in Saint John Chapter …
“What then did you go out to see?” Matthew 2:8
What did people expect from John the Baptist? What stories had they heard about him? What difference did they think he would make? How happy would they be with what they heard?
Three times Jesus asks those who went out to see John the Baptist what they went out to see. Jesus is anxious that John is not misunderstood; he is anxious that people appreciate the strength of John’s message. John the Baptist offers them neither compromise nor easiness.