A Season of Light
This is a season of light. As the days get longer and the sun rises almost imperceptibly earlier in our daily routines, we celebrate the Great Light seen by the people who walked in darkness, the Light that lightens the nations.
Our Sunday morning Gospel lessons reflect that theme, and all the new beginnings that accompany it—John crying out in the wilderness, baptism, temptations in the wilderness, and ultimately calling the disciples.
Martin Luther, as he wrote on the first chapter of John’s Gospel, has an interesting comment about Andrew – how he was first a disciple of John the Baptist, and then became a follower of Jesus. Luther says the theme here is not calling the apostles into apostolic office—not here, not yet. Rather, the theme is the disciples’ congenial associations with Christ—and their call to follow Jesus.