The New Year brings us the gift of John’s Gospel to read through at Morning Prayer. If I’d got my act together I would have looked to set up some sort of online reflection group to accompany it – but maybe we can use this blog on a now-and-then basis to have a bit of a go. And I’d be grateful for comments and messages as to whether something more structured would scratch where you itch.
Today’s passage follows and ad do often happens an unexpected phrase jumped out at me, one of those little circumstantial details that mark John’s Gospel and balance his soaring theology with eyewitness specificity (and leave the critics confused…). In this car it was the reference to four o’clock in the afternoon (“the tenth hour”). I can’t offhand think of any deep significance to the time, but for me it combines a sense of it never being too late to find ourselves again in Christ with the disarming thought of sitting down and discussing it with him over a cuppa. Some Ministry Review Meeting that would be… Here’s the passage:
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).