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Come and see

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Come and see

After the sublime beauty of St John’s prologue and the witness of John the Baptist comes this call of the first disciples –

On the following day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God’.

Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus.

Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’  They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’  ‘Come and see,’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day.  It was about the tenth hour. (Jn 1:35-39)

Where do you live?‘ is certainly an odd question, yet you see where it came from.  They were curious, I suppose, unsure, yet in awe.  Perhaps as they walked along, they were each considering what to say, then before they’d decided, Jesus turned and asked the question ‘what do you want?‘, causing one of them to open his mouth and ask, ‘where do you live?‘  You can imagine him trekking along behind Our Lord thinking ‘Where do you live?’ what kind of a question was that?  You have just spoken to the Chosen One of God and all you could think to say was ‘where do you live’.  In truth, Andrew [for surely it was he], you are your brother’s brother!

And yet, he needn’t have worried, for Jesus – as ever – saw that openness of heart and mind and drew those men to himself.

Come and see’.  Jesus didn’t simply answer the question, nor did He show them grudgingly, giving them a little of his time whilst being irritated by the interruption.  He invited them not only into His home but into His life.  And just as Jesus invited them then, so too does He invite us now; come and see.  We have a natural yearning for God – ‘where do you live?‘  And He loves to be found – ‘come and see’.  He wants us to seek and find Him in prayer, in the sacraments, in scripture, in our friends in faith, in all our neighbours, in the beauty of creation, in the examples set by the saints of God.  Let us pray, then, for a heart that seeks and a heart that sees.

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