Great Gospel of John, chap. 8
38. But Jesus turned, saw the two following Him and said to them: “What are you looking for?” They said: “Rabbi (which means: Master), where are You staying?”
 THIS text also is a sequence to the preceding ones and has historical rather than spiritual meaning: for with it begins the familiar, still quite material, taking on the apostles, and that in the same region where John was active at Bethabara, a most miserable country town inhabited by poor fishermen. This is also the reason why the two disciples immediately ask about My lodging – actually, in which hut I live.
 Since I had been staying in this area prior to the baptism for about 40 days preparing my human person for the beginning ministry through fasting and other exercises, it is historically also quite clear and certain that I had to have some place where to stay in this desolate and barren region which I considered the most suitable for My purpose.
 The two disciples knew that I had already for some time been living in this region. They may have seen me there a number of times without, however, suspecting who I was. Therefore, they promptly asked, not where I originally came from, but where I was staying in Bethabara which consisted mainly of the poorest fishermen’s huts constructed from clay and reeds and often even not high enough for a man to stand upright therein.
 And so I, too, lived in a similar hut which I had built Myself rather deep in the desert. The hermitages which exist in practically all Christian lands date back to that.
Chapter 9, Great Gospel of John, Book 1
Further callings: Philip and Nathanael. [John 1: 43-51]
43. The next day Jesus decided to go again to Galilee, and he finds Philip and says to him: ‘Follow Me!’
1. In the morning I tell the two, ‘My time in this desert has come to an end. I shall ho to Galilee whence I have come. Will you come with Me? I leave the decision to you for I know that you have wife and child whom it is not easy for you to leave. But no one who leaves something for My sake will lose what he has left, but will regain it many times over.’
2. Says Peter, ‘Lord, for your sake I would give up my live, not to mention my wife and child. - They will survive without me, for I am a beggar and cannot provide them with much bread. Our fishing brings hardly enough to feed one person, let alone a whole family. My brother Andrew can confirm this. Although we were born at Bethsaida, we had to come for food to these desolate banks of the Jordan, which are comparatively rich in fish, where we have now also been baptised by John. Our father Jonas is still strong and so are our wives and sisters. Added to this the blessing from on high, and they will manage.’ - I commended both of them, and we started on our way.
44. Philip came from Bethsaida, from the town of Andrew and Peter.
3. On the road, which for a while still followed the banks of the Jordan, we meet Philip, who was also born in Bethsaida, and was now in the early morning fishing for his breakfast in the waves of the Jordan. Peter drew My attention to him and said, ‘O Lord! ^%This man suffers much and is very poor, but still the most honest and righteous man, full of true piety in his heart. Would you consider letting him come with us?’
4. Upon such a loving suggestion by Peter I say only, ‘Philip, follow Me!’ Without hesitation he throws his nets down and follows Me, not even asking whither. Only on the road does Peter tell him, ‘The One we are following is the Messiah!’ But Philip says, ‘My heart already told me that the moment He called me so lovingly.’
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