2nd Sun B
The Commentaries Summarised
As a Church we are in a web of wisdom that comes to us both from tradition and contemporary writers. This section offers a summary of some commentaries on the Gospel. Also below is a list of the books and articles that have been consulted in compiling this Sunday's "Pray As You Can" and which could be used for further reading.
This Sunday's Commentary
The Sunday’s Gospel occurs in a section of John’s Gospel which begins with the witness of John the Baptist to Jesus and concludes with the revelation of Jesus’ glory in the transformation of water into wine at the marriage feast of Cana. The careful numbering of the days and the words used remind the reader of the revelation of God’s glory on Mt Sinai. Preceding this reading, John the Baptist has been witnessing to Jesus, recognising him as the Chosen One of God. The next day, after looking intently at Jesus, he calls him the Lamb of God which carried the symbolism of sacrifice to his hearers.
Two of his disciples then leave John to follow Jesus. The question Jesus asks them, “What do you want?” are the first words that Jesus utters in this Gospel. The verb he uses has a rich meaning that also includes desiring and seeking. It is frequently used in all four Gospels. One could say that the question Jesus is asking the two disciples is “What is the fundamental desire that determines your life?” In John’s Gospel this verb is most commonly used to express relationship or lack of relationship with Jesus or his Father. Later, in this Gospel, some will be condemned because they do not have this want/desire/longing. The two disciples seem to be sideswiped by the question. They don’t know how to respond but their question they ask implies the desire to be with Jesus and to become his disciples.
After being with Jesus that day, Andrew’s first response is to bring his brother to Jesus. Again we have the verb ‘to look intently’. Jesus looks ‘intently’ at Peter and sees not only greater depths in Peter but also the future calling that will be his. The name ‘Rock’ points to the transformation that will happen in his life as he enters into relationship with Jesus.