Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith,” Behold, the Lamb of God”! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. John 1:35-37
I have a dear friend that dates back to kindergarten when we met walking the same path through the woods to our small town’s elementary school. She has visited me many times in Charlottesville. She loves the outdoors, and with the Blue Ridge Mountains beckoning, I could always look forward to a nice long hike. These adventures were never easy for me, as just walking without a stumble is sometimes difficult. Still, I always rose to the challenge of rough path, hill, and stone. My friend has known me long and well, and our deep-felt conversations are easy, thoughtful, and inevitably touch upon the dreams, hopes, and fears of the heart. Her visits are a welcome respite to reflect on and cherish someone who has called forth wisdom, compassion, and faith in my life.
We all seek to connect to someone on a deep and personal level, “to be known as also we are known.” The disciples of Christ, those seeking the Messiah, the Son of God, wanted that connection, too. They sought faith, and belief, and trust in God’s Kingdom and the Messiah that would show them the Way. They followed Jesus to learn, to know, and in the process, to be known to themselves, no matter how hard, tiring, difficult, and taxing the path. The Way shown was more internal than external, more a change of mind than a change of view, more an expanse of the heart than a widening of horizon. Just as they struggled to follow, so, too, do we.
“Behold, the Lamb of God.” Every communion, we are called to follow Jesus, the Christ, to walk with Him through the world. This Lenten Season, may you “know as also you are known,” and deepen your connection and communion with God.