As you know, it’s not an easy thing to switch allegiances. And I’m sure it wasn’t an easy thing for a disciple to leave one rabbi (teacher) in order to join himself to another. After all, a disciple was more than a student. Especially in
Because of this, a disciple usually lived with his teacher and followed him wherever he went. You see, the disciple did not latch onto a rabbi so that he could learn facts about religion. A disciple wanted to learn the religious life—he wanted to learn not so much what to believe, as much as he wanted to learn how to live the faith. And to learn the “how,” you had to observe the way the rabbi spoke and lived and dealt with people, as well as what he said.
The relationship of father and son ought not be easily broken; and it ought to remain for life.
Now this is the curious thing—
But why? Because he listened faithfully, carefully and obediently to St John—his spiritual father. Here’s how it happened.
From this, we can conclude that
Johnstood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesusas He walked, Johnsaid, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard Johnspeak, and they followed Jesus. One of the disciples who heard Johnspeak and followed Jesuswas Andrew, ’s brother. (Jn 1.35-37, 40) Simon Peter
So when St John the Baptizer says, “There He is, the Lamb of God; the One I was talking about; the One whose way I’ve been preparing; the One whom you should prefer”—
A second curious thing, however, is that not all of St John’s disciples did what St Andrew did—at least, not as quickly and as obediently. In other words, not all spiritual children heeded the voice of their spiritual father, especially when he said, “There is the
We know this because, when St John the Baptizer was in prison about to be executed, he sent two of his remaining disciples to
These two disciples ask this question not because St John has his doubts, but because they are still not sure about what their spiritual father has told them and preached to them and taught them during his time with them. So, once again, St John points them to
I’m sure that St John the Baptizer rejoiced when