Today is the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time and we might well expect to begin our readings from Mark’s Gospel which is the guide for this year. However, the gospel passage is taken from St John’s Gospel and gives an account of an incident in the lives of Andrew and an unnamed companion, who were disciples of John the Baptist. Seeing Jesus pass by John calls him ‘The Lamb of God’, a title very familiar to us, and this moves Andrew and his companion to leave John the Baptist and follow Jesus. At Jesus’ invitation they go with him to where he is staying and spend time with him. Although we know nothing of the conversation, we do know that Andrew is sufficiently convinced that he has been in the presence of the long awaited Messiah. The next day he takes his brother, Simon, to meet Jesus, who gives him, not only a name change, Peter, but a life change as we will discover reading through the Gospel. Today is also Peace Sunday and Pope Francis has given us the theme of ‘A culture of care as a path to Peace.’ At a time when we have witnessed the fragility of peace we are invited by Pax Christi the International Catholic Movement for Peace, to pray and work for peace and justice throughout our world.
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