The Gospel of John tells us about Jesus first recruits. Jesus does not yet have a following, he is just an ordinary Middle Eastern man. There is no miraculous healing, no dramatic instruction that mesmerizes the crowds. He is simply (‘ordinarily’) passing by the people who are standing around. His biblical ‘advertising agent’, John the Baptist, who foretold us about His coming since the Second Sunday of Advent (see the December 7, 2008 article) through last Sunday’s Baptism of the Lord feast, points him out to two of his followers. After they spend the day with Jesus they realized how extraordinary he was. Andrew, one of them, went and recruited his brother Simon. Jesus on the spot renames Simon to Peter (Cephas in Aramaic), indicating that He knew that He would commission Peter to become the rock upon which to build the Church.
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All three incidents were quite ordinary on first appearance. Through the eyes of faith we recognize how extraordinary these three callings were. Be it Samuel accepting the message, or the Corinthian Christians that recognized their bodily dignity and focused on morality in their lives, or the disciples who hadn’t even noticed Jesus; they were called to deeper insights through the agency of another (i.e. Eli, Paul and John the Baptist).
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With God’s Love and Blessings,