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1994 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 Gospel Commenta- for 1 first chanter of John has been di Jan ly p  - 0rd:/6, 19,94, Second Sunday, l vided by the author into at least 1. l;ry "lime, Cycle B John I four days The encounter between .35.4 " . -&apos;  : I John the Baptist and the voice Our -  from heaven occurs on the second 0ut, gospel readings through  .,)'1 day The division into days causes fr0:necmmg year will be taken  ---' I some confusion because the second thee' Ospel of Mark. However, i: I[ chapter begins with the words "on . , upie Wine arran-ed th .....   h third" althou h four da have mgs0c _. .. s e,au-  1 t e , g ys C0sn,lSnally dipped into the  already passed in the first chapter. rea' l Oh.n for their selection of  l Whatever the intention of the 0cca.'s" lotlay we have such an author or some later editor may JUn. Thesto B FATHER , . . Jest s' fir .... ry is the call of DoYALD DILGER 1 have been, the call of the first dlsc]- thr  msciples as seen COLUMN,ST riles happens "on the next da " i.e. 0f J( hgnh e thelogy of the Gospel [he dayafter the encounter i'th ' be tl Le cap ext Sunday's reading will John the Baptist. John is standing !he0 !0v ftkthe first disciples as seen through the with two of his disciples. As he did on the previous hist rn'.ae Uospel of Mark. Whatever there is of day, he points out Jesus to them: "Behold the Lamb Very h, eltlaer story has been telesco ed into a of God "The two disci les of John the Baphst fol ' :',ete " P P. .... - !at ation- nCounter. Both stories use these calls or low Jesus, converse briefly with hma, and are re- !an,  as symbolic of the call of every Christ- vited to visit him. The author notes that it was Commentary .._ Call of the first disciples: Jesus' identity about 4 p.m. One of those first two disciples is iden- tified as Andrew, brother of Simon Peter. Andrew gets his brother and introduces him to Jesus. Jesus immediately bestows on him the name "Cephas," the Aramaic form of the Greek name "Petros," or "Peter." Such are the events of this day. More disci- ples will be chosen "on the next day." When we compare this call story with that given to us by the Gospel of Mark we see major dif- ferences. In Mark the disciples are called at the Sea of Galilee. In John they are called in Judea. In John the first disciples of Jesus are disciples of John the Baptist. In Mark there is no indication that they even knew John the Baptist. Attempts to harmonize the various stories of the call of the first author has just described the mission of John the Baptist, a mission that baptism of Jesus in Mark, Matthew, ptism of Jesus in those three the voice from heaven identifying h 'he Gospel of John omits the bap- ut retains the voice from heaven. of Mark and that of Luke, where Jesus alone, in the Gospel of t to John the Baptist. In re- from heaven John the Baptist Jesus as Son of God. This rev- el faith are set by the author e next day." What we call the disciples are unsuccessful. Such attempts fail to do justice to the intentions and theology of the dis- agreeing authors. The concern of those authors is not biography or history but theology. What does the Gospel of John teach by this story? John uses his characters to heap up titles of Jesus, names that idehtify Jesus' nature and mis- sion. Beyond the many titles John's arrangement ,: into days depicts a growth in faith of every Christ- ian symbolized by the reaction of the disciples. On their first encounter with Jesus they recognize him as their teacher and are invited to be with him. They are taught by Jesus and their faith increases to the POint that they recognize him as Messiah (Christ) and go out to bring others to Jesus. Knowl- edge of Jesus leads to faith, to mission. On the next day more disciples are invited who will recognize Jesus as the fulfillment of the Scriptures, as King of Israel, as Son of God. What does this mean to us personally? Our knowledge about the identity and mission of Jesus is gained through our hearing, meditation on and study of the Gospels. By letting Jesus be our teacher through the gospels we move to faith in him as God's designated messenger or Messiah and from there to faith in him as Son of God. But faith does not stand still. If faith is alive in us it compels us to share and make known this gift either in word or example or both. As the first disciples of Jesus went out to welcome others, so today's Chris- tian actively engages in bringing others to Jesus. Other readings: I Sam 3:3-10,19; I Cor 6:13.15,17.20. I commentaries: Excerpts for the weeks ahead of Father Donald Dil- preted as a pattern for the special vocations to Fourth Sunday, Ordinary Time, Cycle B, in the Message. leolb lil/Chrtians:are lledto  ewreligioulrwho ; l$1.,9eewhtr :n , take vows such as sisters, brothers, monks, or as the begine. call to serve gbcen to deacons or priests or bishop ... ,Jan, 23, Our interpretation shou!d not stop with these spe- .... Jesus began with a tex| R. Mark eial vocations. Every Christian is called to follow Then, J Jesus without hesitation, preters, he gave thoritative tone and manner .... 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