January 14, 2018
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
1 SM 3:3B-10, 19 PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 1 COR 6:13C-15A, 17-20 JN 1:35-42
“What are you looking for?”, Jesus asked the two disciples following him. They had been John the Baptist’s disciples, but began to follow Jesus after John proclaimed “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Jesus noticed them straggling behind, curious as to who He was, wondering how John knew, and asked them point blank:
“What are you looking for?”
Jesus asks that of us, too, if we’re quiet enough to listen. It’s a question that demands a response. The disciples’ answer seems odd, as if they were unprepared for Jesus’ directness. “We were, um, er, like, wondering where you were staying?” When Jesus asks us what we’re looking for, are we going to be caught off guard as well? Each of us seeks something when we initially follow Jesus, and it’s different from one person to the next: peace, comfort, truth, love. Ultimately, though, we all seek salvation, and it is only through Jesus and His Church that we can be saved.
In the first reading, God called Samuel three times before he replied “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Eli’s wisdom and knowledge of the Lord guided Samuel into that response. We have the benefit of the Church, and the saints, to guide us in how to respond to Christ’s question: “What are you looking for?”
And when He beckons us to “Come, and you will see”, will we have the courage to follow, all the way to the end, as the disciples did? We can, if we, as St Paul exhorted the Corinthians, keep our bodies pure and free of immorality, as they are now temples of the Holy Spirit by virtue of our Baptism.
Wisdom, purity, and the guidance of the Church are tools and assistance at our disposal in our journey as we follow Jesus – to the cross through to the Resurrection. As Lent quickly approaches, let us meditate on what Jesus requires of us when he asks “What are you looking for?”