A blessed Monday evening to you all! The readings for next Sunday are Psalm 40:1-11; Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42a. Another Sunday in Epiphany, and with it another piece of the Jesus puzzle falls into place. Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Notice the wonderful double-meaning in the John reading when the disciples ask Jesus, “Where are you staying?”, and Jesus answers them, “Come, and you will see.” On the surface it sounds like a simple conversation about lodging. But there’s a deeper meaning behind Jesus’ invitation. The Lamb of God is inviting his followers into a relationship that goes beyond the superficial. He invites us to abide with him, learn from him, trust his words, and obey his commands. This invitation to “come and see” is not confined to one moment of spiritual conversion. It is life-long. There will always be more for us to see, to learn, and to believe about Jesus. There will always be more epiphanies – new insights and deeper appreciation for what Jesus has done and what he can do.
Lord, help us each day to heed your gracious invitation to come and abide with you. Amen.