Lenten Devotional: March 3

Psalm 31; Psalm 35; Psalm 95; Deuteronomy 7:12-16;
Titus 2:1-15
; John 1:35-42

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). John 1: 35-41

In the synoptic Gospels we read stories of John physically baptizing Jesus, but in John we read of him recognizing Jesus. I would like for us to reflect on how we can recognize Jesus in our own lives. Now Jesus was an historical figure who lived at a particular time, so I certainly do not mean that we are likely to see him walking down the street. Yet, Jesus as the risen Christ appeared to his disciples and can continue to appear, metaphorically, in the actions of those disciples. Let us concentrate on recognizing the risen Christ in the actions of others.