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The Message n for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 Commentary __ Disciples for Jesus: The identity of Jesus GOSpel commentary for 19, 1997: Second Sun. Time: Year B: here seem to be two leading chapter of the to clarify as see- of Jesus, secondly, and what Jesus is. are on display in the chosen for today's the Baptist is with two of his walks by, John of God!" John's two leave John and become disciples 0t only borne witness to Jesus with his first disci- plays.a role secondary and sub- is the proclaimer, the herald, disciples. disciples who switched from Baptist has another role to play. p of Simon Peter. names one of the previously His name is Andrew. What is the Gospel of John? He goes Simon and brings him to Sses Simon: "So you are Simon shall be called Cephas." of the Greek word we translate as "Peter" and s how Simon Johnson gets the Gospel of John, so different araing of Peter in Matthew 16. By ?ATHER DON :)ILGER COLUMNIST Andrew has fulfilled his role as dis- ciple. He gained a disciple for Jesus thus bringing credit to his former master and teacher, John the Bap- tist. Andrew will appear only twice more in the Gospel of John but in very minor roles. But who was the other still unnamed disciple who left the Bap- tist and went over to Jesus? He will never be named in the Gospel of John. The authors and editors of this gospel will always refer to him by such titles as "that other disci- ple" or "the disciple whom Jesus loved," etc. Some think of him as merely symbolic. Indeed he is symbolic but the evi- dence is that he is also a historical person, probably John, brother of James, both sons of Zebedee. Nei- ther of these two gentlemen is ever mentioned by name in the Gospel of John. James plays no role in this gospel, while the unnamed disciple is impor- tant from beginning to end. From a merely human point of view one might ask why some of John the Baptist's disciples were drawn away to Jesus? Per- haps the answer is found in Matthew and Luke: "John came neither eating nor drinking and.., the Son of Man came eating and drinking .... " In other words, Jesus was more fun. Perhaps this is borne out by the first story in John 2, Jesus takes his dis- ciples with him to a wedding. The fun is so great that they run out of wine. The remainder of today's gospel-reading is taken up with titles of Jesus. They are: "Lamb of God, Teacher, Messiah/Christ." Let's take them in reverse order. "Messiah" and "Christ" are the same. The word "Messiah" is derived from the Hebrew /tQt /U had difficulty qualifying for standard life insurance? 00lic Knights of America introduces I00NEVOLENT LIFE Death Benefit 60% 100% Yr 3rd yr beginning as low as 850 * Unlike some "Guaranteed issue" policies, coverage begins at issue and increases annually for permanent coverage up to $5,000 * Annual Premiums for each $1,000 of coverage MALE FEMALE Age 50 44.59 35.81 Age 60 71.46 55.55 Age 70 119.42 95.15 Available ages 0-80 rnlation call our National Office at 1-800-844-3728 or our area represenative: 00rancis Schutte p.O. Box 20 Englefleld, Indiana 47618 (812) 867-6342 word meaning "anointed," while the word "Christ" is derived from the Greek word meaning "anoint- ed." The reference seems to be primarily to the kingship of Jesus, since kings of Israel were anoint- ed and John will repeatedly emphasize the notion of Jesus' kingship. See for example John 1:49; 6:15; 12:13-15; 18:33-39; and throughout chapter 19. Jesus second title, teacher, sets the tone for Jesus as fulfillment and replacement of Moses and his successors as teachers of Israel, God's people. See for example 3:2, "We know that you are a teacher come from God"; 8:4; 11:28; 13:13-14, ''ou call me Teacher and Lord and you are right," and "I your Teacher have washed your feet." There are also the many long and involved discourses or teaching lectures of Jesus that appear only in the Gospel of John. Jesus is so much the teacher that during his trial, although silent in the other gospels, he pro- ceeds to lecture Pontius Pilate on kingship. The third title, "Lamb of God," is a complicated inter- weaving of various themes. It points out Jesus as the true Passover Lamb, as John will indicate again by Jesus condemnation at noon, at the very time at which the priests at the temple began to slay the Passover lambs. This title refers to the suffering ser- vant of Isaiah who is slain for the sins of his people and who is led like a lamb to the slaughter .... " Isa- iah 53:7. Finally this title points to Jesus as the con- quering Lamb of God, a theme not developed in the Gospel of John but in the Book of Revelation which comes from the same school of thought as the Gospel of John, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" Readings: I Samuel 3:3b.10,19; I Corinthi. ans 6:13c.15a,17.20. Golden Jubilarians Cletus and Ardella (Bockelman) Lubbehusen will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanks- giving at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdi- nand. Their children will host a dinner for invited guests. An Open House for friends and relatives will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ferdinand American Legion Hall The couple requests no gifts. They were married Jan. 23, 1947, at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, by Msgr. Leonard Wernsing. They are the parents of six children: Larry of Brownsburg, Ken. neth of Goose Creek, S.C., John of Ferdinand, James of St. Anthony, Karen Sue Hopster of Jasper, and Kevin of Ferdi- nand. They have 10 grandchildren, and two great-grand- children. Mr. Lubbehusen is retired from Frank Heidet and Son; Mrs. Lubbehusan is a retired housewife and quilt- maker.