Snacking on the Word: John 1:38-39a

John steps in this Sunday as the Lectionary gives Mark a break. I love this weekend’s readings. The call of Samuel is classic–and nearly every child exposed to it appreciates both the phenomenon of God’s call and adult misinterpretation that often follows.

Don’t overlook Sunday’s psalm either. Have you a favorite setting of Psalm 40. Coal to anyone who says Dan Schutte’s “Here I Am Lord.” Big, big lump.

The passage that really strikes me in Sunday’s Scriptures is when two of John’s disciples tag along after Jesus. The questions seem curious at first glance.

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them,”Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.

My wife gets bothered with responding to a question with another question. Even if I preface it with “Sweetie” or something similar. But in context of the whole first chapter of John, it all makes sense.

When Jesus asks the disciples what they’re looking for, it alludes to the light of the gospel prologue, the seeing of God by the Son (John 1:18) and especially John the Baptist’s acclamation, “Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.” (John 1:34)

The disciples question Jesus as to the location of his rabbinical school. Clearly, they have missed John’s testimony at Jesus’ baptism (John 1:29-34). But Jesus is patient. “Come, and you will see.” Perfect. As disciples of Jesus, may we all come to see, and to see with the eyes of faith.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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