Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What are we looking for?

"Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "What are you looking for?"
John 1:38

That one sentence could be the title of a whole retreat right there! The two men had heard about Jesus and they were intrigued about what they'd heard. They followed him. Jesus had an aura that attracted people to him. And, most importantly, people have a need for a leader--like a shepherd for sheep. We see this all the time throughout history. People have an innate need to follow someone and Jesus was (and still is!) a wonderful Someone to follow.  Jesus asks us each day "What are you looking for?" And it is a wonderful question to pray with and jot down honest answers.  Are we looking for security, success, control? Jesus may not be the answer for us there.  Are we looking for comfort, sunshine and only gentle breezes? That may be closer, but Jesus doesn't promise us that kind of life.  Jesus shows us the fullness of life, death and resurrection. There it is.  The trinity of our human experience in three words.  And, as Fr. Richard Rohr frequently points out, nature has been showing us this continuously for millions of years.  Jesus showed us in his human form what nature has always shown us. We live, we die and we live again.  So, what ARE we looking for? Well, at this point, since I am alive, I am looking to Jesus to show me how to live that life in a more loving, compassionate way; loving others, thus loving God.  What are YOU looking for? Let's pray with that question. Love, heidi

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