In last Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus is passing by John the Baptist when two of John’s students begin to follow Jesus. The Gospel says, “[Jesus] said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’” (John 1:38)
There is, I would imagine, a number of responses to that question: wisdom, hope, love, etc. The two answer, “Where are you staying?” For me, this answer reveals an intimate look into what we all truly crave even before all the benefits of knowing God, we first must find where to look for God. Where, the students want to know, can we trust to find Jesus Christ?
Again, there are many, many answers to that question, but Jesus chooses the best one possible: “come and see.” Yes, God can be found in books, or nature, or music, or a great conversation with a friend over coffee. God can be found in mountaintop experiences, or in the depths of prayer. But the path of discipleship, the lifelong quest of following Jesus and all that comes with it (including many of the things mentioned above) is the best, most reliable way to find Jesus Christ. Not a place, or an event, but in a way of life.
Yours in Christ,