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Reflection
Both today and next Sunday the Gospel readings describe Jesus calling his disciples. In today’s passage from John, John the Baptist leads two of his disciples to Jesus. Jesus invites them to follow him and they do, choosing not only to remain with him but also to invite others in turn. In the
first reading, Samuel is called to serve the Lord and he too responds affirmatively. Each one provides an example to us today.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

[José Antonio Pagola]

The first words of Jesus in John’s Gospel go straight to the heart and touch the very roots of our life. To two men who are starting to follow Jesus, he says: “What are you looking for?” It’s not easy to respond to this simple, direct and fundamental question from within a “closed” culture that seems to be concerned only about the means, but unconcerned about the final goal of everything.

Some seem to regard life as a huge supermarket, and are only interested in acquiring objects to soothe and brighten their existence for a while. Naturally we seek to escape sickness, loneliness, sadness, conflicts or fear. Others just want is to be left alone. To forget everyone else and be forgotten by everyone; to not care about anyone and expect no one to care about you. Most people simply seek to meet our daily needs and keep fighting to see our puny desires fulfilled. But even if all these desires were fulfilled, would our heart be satisfied? Would our thirst for consolation, liberation and complete happiness be appeased?

The deeper question is this: don’t we human beings desire something more from life than material well-being? Don’t we desire something beyond what can’t be delivered by any political or social project? Some fear that today’s men and women have forgotten God. But the truth is that, when a person questions oneself with just a little honesty, it’s not that easy to wipe from the heart our nostalgia for the infinite.

Who am I? A minuscule being, destined to plough a miserable plot of space and time, cast into life in order to disappear quickly into nothing, without rhyme or reason? Is that all there is? Nothing more? The most honorable thing a person can do is seek for the fullness of life. Don’t close any avenue or bypass any call. Look for God, maybe with the last smidgen of energy and of faith. God doesn’t hide from anyone who looks sincerely for purpose. God is already at the heart of that search. Even more, God allows GodSelf to be encountered even by those who barely know what they seek. Thus says the Lord in the book of Isaiah: “I have let myself be approached by those who did not consult me, I have let myself be found by those who did not seek me” (Isaiah 65,1-2).

 

Gospel: John 1:35-42

“Jesus invites disciples to “Come and see” and they followed him”

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

When Jesus turned and saw them following, he 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 see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him an said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

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