That is the question Jesus asked two of John the Baptist’s disciples who began to follow him. Let’s read the story:
The next day John was there again 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”, “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” (John 1:35-39).
It is interesting that one of John’s disciple that was following Jesus didn’t answer Jesus’ question immediately; he instead said Where are you staying? Perhaps we can relate to this response; not knowing what to answer when asked What are you looking for?
The question Jesus asks is an important one. Whether we realize it or not, that is a question that stirs in the heart of every one of us. More often than not, people are trying to find the answer through accomplishments as measured by society. So then why is it that so many people who have accomplished great things are still looking to satisfy that question? It is not a rare thing to discover in the news that someone who we thought successful has turned to drugs, alcohol or even suicide.
The reality is, we can only find the answer to that question in the One who asked it of the disciples. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life; outside of him, the pursuit of our purpose for being on this earth will end in sadness and even hopelessness. It was St. Augustine who said, “Our hearts are restless O’ Lord until they rest in you”. Some of the most renowned sinners in history have become persons filled with joy, peace and hope by following the One who asked the question, “What are you looking for?”
As you are reading this, believe you are loved unconditionally by our Heavenly Father. You can begin anew today. How? Imagine yourself walking with Jesus; He knows you, he looks into your eyes and sees who you are. Oh sure, He knows what you have done in the past, but that is the past. He invites you to begin anew, to follow Him now and begin a new life filled with peace and hope. Ask Jesus to touch your heart with His healing hand. Experience his love by accepting Jesus into your heart and then follow him.
“Answering Christ’s call, we guide people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life.”