John's Gospel is structured so differently than the other three. It is different theologically, in how it is organized and structured and it has a different sense of spirituality. As an example, we are told today about Jesus' baptism, but second hand, through John's recollection.
Jesus passes by John twice in today's Gospel with John pointing out the Lamb of God is walking by: look! Two of John's disciples do look and see something, and high-tail it after Jesus who turns to ask them What are you looking for? Instead of answering Jesus, probably because the didn't know what to say, they asked him where he was staying and Jesus invites them to Come and see. They do follow along and know what they have found and then introduce Simon (Peter) to Jesus.
I believe that these folks knew something deep within themselves when they met Jesus. Many of us have met someone who we know, deep down within that they are something special, something different. They possess something we want. A calmness, a sureness that we want to encompass into our being. There is a centeredness and confidence that does not come off as arrogance or condescension. How do we find that? Where does that peace come from? There is no silver bullet that can provide a magical answer....for it is not magical....it is a gift from God which we all can attain....all in our own unique and different ways. Prayer is a starting place. Volunteering to help the needy is another. Being a part of an intentional community is a third. Being present, truly present for someone who needs that gift is a fourth. Just being our true and holy selves, honestly accepting those around us and taking them into our lives with love and gentleness is a fifth. Can you think of one to add?
Jesus' invitation to Come and See is meant for us too. It is meant for everyone. And from our affirmative response to that invitation that centeredness we yearn for begins.
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