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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – “What are you looking for?”


“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 Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day” (John 1:35-39).
 
Our role is like the role of John the Baptist — to point out Jesus to others. Once we do, we must let go and allow them to follow Jesus in the way they feel called, not in a way that we choose. Once we have shown them Jesus, it is their task to discern what is it they want to do.
 
Jesus’ question is at the heart of the discernment process of every vocation. He asks those following him, “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38). He is asking them, “What are the desires of your heart?” and “What do you feel you are being called to do?”
 
The response of the disciples is, “Where are you staying?” (John 1:38). They seem to ask, “Jesus, what are you all about?”
 
Christian vocation in life starts with a relationship with Jesus and his people in the Christian community. It is Jesus who will be able to direct us to what we are truly seeking. He offers the invitation to the disciples and to us: “Come, and you will see” (John 1:39).
 
We are all called to enter into a relationship with Jesus and to model our lives and values after his. Let us enter deeply into this loving relationship.
 
How do you take on the role of John the Baptist and point out Christ to others? How do you continue to grow and develop in your relationship with Jesus?
 
Adapted from PrayerTime: Faith-Sharing Reflections on the Sunday Gospels, available from the RENEW International online store.

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One Response to “2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – “What are you looking for?””


 
  1. I chose my vocation, marriage, years ago (over thirty when I add courtship and engagement). I answered the questions, What are you looking for? What are the desires of your heart? and What do you feel you are being called to do?, with an emphatic “I do!” However, the discernment process, the seeking, the desire to fulfill this vocation in ways that would please God and fulfill my potential as a woman of God, continues in ways that challenge me, bring pain and joy, but in ways that I am confident draw me closer to the heart of God. In this way, I continue to grow in my relationship with Jesus and conform my life more closer with his. As we renewed our baptismal vows at Mass today in the Chapel at RENEW International my “I do!” rang every more true on my lips and in my heart.

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