- Sunday, 14 January 2018 -
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:35-42.

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God."
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and 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 you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated Anointed).
Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Kephas" (which is translated Peter).
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Basil of Seleucia
“We have found the Messiah!”

Taking Peter with him, Andrew led his brother according to the flesh to the Lord, so that he, like himself, might become a disciple. This was Andrew’s first achievement. He enabled the number of disciples to grow; he introduced Peter, in whom Christ found the head of his disciples. This was so true that later, when Peter behaved admirably, he owed this to what Andrew had sown. The praise given to the one is also reflected on the other for the advantages of the one belong to the other and the one glories in the other’s merits. What joy Peter obtained for all when he immediately answered the Lord’s question, breaking the disciples’ embarrassed silence… Peter alone said: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” (Mt 16:16) He spoke in the name of all; in one sentence, he proclaimed the Savior and his plan of salvation. How greatly does this proclamation agree with that of Andrew! The words which Andrew spoke to Peter when he led him to Christ - “We have found the Messiah” – were confirmed by the heavenly Father when he himself inspired Peter with them (Mt 16:17): “You are the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God!”

Sermon in praise of Saint Andrew, 4