When my oldest brother ran track in high school, I remember seeing many relay races as part of the events. A baton was passed from one runner to the other next just at the point when the former runner’s lap was done. There would be a final burst of energy as the runners would finish their part and give the baton to the new, fresh runners.
Today’s story of Jesus and his first disciples is something like a relay race. John passes the “baton” of his ministry to two disciples, one of whom is Andrew, the brother of Peter. The seminary I attended was called St. Andrew-on-Hudson.” Since Andrew was the first one to meet Jesus, he came to be a special saint for us as we began to meet Jesus in our new, special life with him. Watch in the reading how each disciple flows from the previous one.
Who passed on the baton of faith to you? Now it’s up to you to “run” with this faith in that special race which is your life. Be sure and keep up the daily disciplines such as these readings so that you will be sure to grow in your love and faith in Jesus…so that you can pass the baton on to each other and in the future to your own children. Who knows whom God may place in the path of your life?
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
This year in the seasons of Lent and Easter we read selections from the Gospel of John.
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