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What are you looking for?


The gospel reading for Jan. 4 takes us to John 1:35-42, where we encounter you, loving Lord, as your first disciples encounter you.

Followers of John the Baptist, he tells them, quite simply, “Behold the Lamb of God.”

Curious, they start after you. And your reaction upon noticing them is unexpected.

“What are you looking for?”

Not, “Who are you?” Or “Why are you following me?”

You ask, “What are you looking for?”

And Jan. 6, we observed the Epiphany, the 12th day after celebrating your birth, by reading and contemplating the story of your revelation as God and King of all the arrival of the magi after your birth.

After their long journey, they arrive in Jerusalem, where they expect to find the new king, whose birth is written in the stars. Instead, they encounter the old king, Herod, who asks, “What are you looking for?”

The newborn king of the Jews, they respond. “Where is he?”

And they travel farther, to Bethlehem, to find a baby in humble circumstances. They know, without a doubt, their journey and their search are ended when they find you. They prostrate themselves in humble homage. By their witness, you have revealed yourself to all nations as the God not only of the Chosen People, but of all people, for all ages.

And I return to John’s gospel, to the disciples following you.

They, too, are searching. They, too, seek the Messiah.

And you ask, “What are you looking for?”

Their response is another question: “Rabbi, where do you stay?”

For they know, as did the magi, that they have found you. They have found what they seek, what they’ve long hoped for, yearned for. They want to stay with you, to be with you, to know you.

And today, I search in your Word and in my life and the world around me. Encountering you, I hear you ask, “What are you looking for?”

And I, too, want to be with you, to know you, to stay with you.

I want to be a Christ-follower, to live in your love, to know your ways. I want to be with you, to learn to love as you do, to be your Good News to everyone around me.

My search is over.

“Rabbi, where do you stay?”

Wise men still seek him, and all are welcome to continue their faith journeys with the parishioners of St. Ann Catholic Church. Masses are at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.stannslv.org. Homilies from the weekend Masses are available as full HD audio/video on the parish website. Click on “News” on the home page and scroll down.

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