“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said: 'Look, the Lamb of God!' When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked: 'What do you want?' They said, 'Rabbi (which means “Teacher”), where are you staying?'. 'Come' he replied, 'and you will see'.
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him: 'We have found the Messiah (that is, the Christ)'. And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said: 'You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas (which, when translated, is Peter)'”.
John 1, 35-42
Christians must always be witnesses of joy, they cannot have “funeral faces”: this was the essence of Pope Francis’ message in the mass he celebrated at St. Martha’s House on Thursday 21 December, emphasising that it is “a message of hope but also great joy”
The Pope took his cue from the first reading, a passage from the Book of Zephaniah (3, 14-17): “It is joy”, the Pope explained, “not the joy of a celebration; this joy comes from within and invites us, the Church, to seek this joy which offers us the Lord’s redemption: “Rejoice, cry out, cry out with joy, be glad and rejoice with all your heart”
The Holy Father concluded by saying that “this is the joy the Church tells us about: please let us be joyful Christians, let us make every effort to show that we believe we are redeemed, that the Lord has forgiven us for everything and, if we slip sometimes, he will still forgive us because he is the God of forgiveness; that the Lord is among us and he will not let ‘our arms fall’ in despair”. Because “that is today’s message: ‘Rise up’.”
“After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. The Baptism and Testing of Jesus At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Mark 1, 7-11