In today’s Gospel, we read about the start of Jesus’ community of faithful followers.  

John has just declared Jesus “the Lamb of God.” The proclamation is heard by two disciples passing by. Intrigued, they follow Jesus who invites them to spend the day with him. 

Andrew was one of the two disciples who joined Jesus. He later went to find his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” 

Andrew brings his brother to Jesus. Upon seeing Simon, Jesus says, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas.” Our Gospel notes that “Cephas” translates to Peter.  

These events are the start of a growing community—one that we are now part of today as faithful followers of Jesus. For us at CMMB, community is essential to our mission. Last year we reached 1.4 million people with access to health and other life-changing services.  

We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this result with you. We hope that in joining us in reflection today, you see the lifesaving role you have in our mission. As a member of our community of supporters, you make our impact possible.