Jesus asked Andrew, "What are you looking for?" How would you answer that question?



The Gospel tells the story about Jesus coming upon Andrew and his brother Simon as they worked with their fishing nets. I find more to think about in another story about Andrew. He and a neighboring fisherman’s son, probably John,  had gone down to see John the Baptist where he was baptizing in the Jordan near Jericho. Andrew and the neighbor boy had in mind that John might be the promised Messiah, so they attached themselves to him, helping with old people wading out to be baptized.

One day their eyes caught sight of a stranger walking along the shore. Then, from his place in the middle of the stream, John the Baptist called out, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

With that the two boys realized that it wasn’t John, but that stranger who was the Messiah. They came ashore, and headed off after the stranger, making sure they did not get too close. He turned, and he asked them, “What are you looking for?

They answered, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” He answered, “Come and you will see.” And they went and stayed with him.

We can relive our childhood in Andrew and the other boy. With them we can hear Jesus asking, “What are you looking for?” Hopefully, we will imitate Andrew and the other boy by going and staying with Jesus.

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