Gospel – January 4, 2020 – John 1:35-42
John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.
On the Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton we once again are seeing a difference in John’s Gospel and the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) in that the Synoptics are about correcting our lives – repenting and refining. But John’s Gospel today is about an invitation.
Have you ever found yourself out or just about doing regular life stuff – and you suddenly stop and ask yourself, “What am I doing? What am I looking for? Where is my life heading?”
Mother Seton was a mother – widowed – teacher – caretaker of orphans – AND first American born person to be canonized by Rome. In all of that do you think she may have asked herself, “What am I looking for?”
This is a special day of reflection as I write this. My family attended St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church for many years. It was there my formation to the diaconate began. Two Deacons – Frank Adams and Ben Vigil – were my early guides in this life I now live daily.
It was there I asked myself, “What am I looking for?”
So when John relates today’s message and invitation it means much more to me because of my history.
One question. “What are you looking for?” What are you seeking? Jesus wants us to state what we’re seeking. Why? Because then we own it. It’s suddenly real.
What ARE we looking for – right now – today?
And then the invitation. “Come and see.” We are all called. We are all called to be baptized – priest, prophet, king.
But are we all prepared to drop everything to “Come and see”? Are we all prepared to tell the world – “We have found the Messiah.”?
At least that’s what I heard Him say…