Wednesday (December 1, 2021)
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 this, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37)
The reading above from the Gospel of John is actually from yesterday’s set of assigned readings. Yesterday was the date when the church honors St. Andrew, the apostle of Jesus and brother of Simon Peter. Those two verses are part of a larger story in which the two brothers leave John the Baptist and his ministry of baptism and repentance to follow Jesus.
And yet, even a day late St. Andrew is worth lifting up during our Advent journey. The reason is because Andrew’s journey mirrors our own, a journey from the words of John the Baptist to the life and ministry of Jesus. During the next four weeks we too will follow John. We will follow his exhortation. “Prepare the Way of the Lord!”
And so we will, we will prepare our hearts, prepare our homes, prepare through prayer and worship, so that we too might see Jesus and at first sight shout, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” On Christmas we realize that all of our preparations have been leading us to this moment, when we, like Andrew and Peter, might leave whatever else in our lives behind to follow Jesus, even someone as important as John the Baptist. After all, this is what all of those preparations are all about.
Let us pray: Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
(From the Book of Common Prayer 1977)
Peace in Christ,
Pr. Dan Joyner Miller