As we start ordinary time, the Gospel proposes for us to meditate on how we follow Jesus in the same way that John’s disciples did. In each one of us, there exists the desire to know about Jesus, a desire that we share with the disciples of the Gospel. It is in this desire to know more and more about Him that He invites us to be close to him and to come and see for ourselves.
The process starts with listening to others who testify: He is the Lamb of God. Many of us have started our journey because someone told us about God, about a church, about an event that in the end points us to Jesus. This is only possible if we are attentive to the world that surrounds us and also if we have people in our life who think like John the Baptist and are not followers of their person, but followers of the truth. It is because of John and his preaching that his two disciples start to walk their journey, and because of their commitment to what can fulfil their hearts, that they listen to his teacher (John the Baptist), and they left him behind and start to follow Jesus.
But for us, sometimes like for the disciples of Jesus, what we hear is not enough. We want to know things for ourselves. We want to ask questions and find answers. The answer sometimes is not given with words but with an invitation to follow and see, to see with our own eyes who is our Lord.
I believe that even though many people are searching for the Lord, not always are they ready to do the next step. That step is to follow and see what God has prepared for us. It is only in taking this risk to go and see that we will find the fulfillment of our desires.
The experience of God is not just the desire to find Him, but is the moments in which we have the opportunity to know Him. The Gospel narrated that the disciples went and stayed with Him. Our call as Catholics is yes to follow but mostly to be with him, to abide with him. If you read the life of a Saint, you will find out that their life changes when they experience not the theoretical teaching of Jesus, but his person, his presence. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (Jn 15:4).
In a similar way, we are called to be with Him, to spend more time in His presence before the blessed sacrament, and to be with Him in the needy, to be with Him and discover His presence in our quotidian life. If we do this, we as the disciples will share our joy with others: “We have found the Messiah”. We will share the joy of having found what we always were looking for, and that can be only found in Jesus, a joy and fulfillment that lasts forever.