Rabbi, where do you live?
Perhaps my personal most favorite passage of scripture is a part of this Sunday’s readings. It is John, 1: 35-42 . In this passage John identifies Jesus as “the Lamb of God” which for a knowledgeable Jew would indicate the long awaited Messiah and Jesus then calls Simon bar Jonah to join him. The disciples who drop everything approach Jesus and ask Him where He lives and He says to them, “Come and See.”
Where would Jesus take us today if He were physically moving around and we were attracted to Him enough to follow him? A comfortable home? The Don or Vinoy or Hyatt Westshore? One Buc Place and its Monster Truck Pull? The Trop? TIA? I don’t think so!
Pinellas Hope? Williams Park? All Children’s Hospital? Hospice of the five counties? Local food banks? Meetings of community organizations like FAST and HOPE where other people work for the poor and vulnerable? The Beach with young people to talk to about their life with God? Kimberly Home and Alpha House with young women opting for the life in their wombs? The March for Life in DC? That’s more like it, to be sure.
Think about it and then respond like Samuel in the first reading, “Here I am Lord” and I will “come and see.”