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Dear Followers of Jesus,
In today’s gospel, John 1:35-42, John pointed into the direction of Jesus, the Lamb of God. Two disciples heard John and began to follow Jesus. Jesus turned to the men and asked them, “What are you looking for?” Jesus asks this rather provocative question to these strangers. However, this question also jumps off the page to capture our attention. I wonder if we really know what we want from Jesus. I wonder if we can be honest enough to explore this Divine question. These words came from the mouth of Jesus. Here is my reflection on Jesus’ question to each of us. I would love to hear from you as to how you would answer this question if Jesus was standing in front of you.
“What are you looking for?”
For my heart to know your presence.
For my soul to sing of your love.
For reassurance that you listen.
For trust that you hope in me.
For inner freedom to live your life in me.
For remedy to my stubbornness.
For your warmth to strengthen this cold heart.
For a long rest upon your shoulder.
For my heart to become fire.
For my mind to embrace honesty.
For my anxiety to melt in your presence.
For my life to understand your call for me.
For life to unfold in truth and fidelity.
For life to reflect my belief in you alone.
For life to affirm my voice and gifts.
For life to find you as its source.
For kindness to unite relationships.
For gossip to ebb.
For tenderness to flow.
For justice to makes its home in us all.
For healing to flood my soul.
For a shroud of forgiveness around me.
For mercy to make a home within me.
For home to reflect love.
For people to find your truth.
For the ill to know your healing.
For the stubborn to find serenity.
For the addicted to let go of compulsion.
For an end of violence and misunderstanding.
For empty stomachs to remain full.
For wars to ebb.
For rainforests and oceans to thrive.
For the earth to be healed.
For the children to know your encouragement.
For the elderly to die in peace.
For the world to treasure your enduring word.
God give you peace,
I have been thinking about this for a few days. The first day I read it that night I woke up and will share what came to me.
If Jesus stood in front of me I would kneel down lower my head and as for Mercy for all the pain I have given Him for my sins. I would thank Him for coming into this world to die for us and opening the gates of heaven that we may have eternal life. I would thank Him for giving us His Body and Blood to eat and drink. I would ask that He take my heart and place it in His Heart and set it on fire with His Love. I would ask that He help me to spread the Love to all I meet and in turn they spread to those they meet. One day our world would be all Love.
Is there a way to purchase your artwork Father? I read your reflection in GUTD and sought you out because it moved me so. Then I saw the accompanying artwork and it just wrecked me. I loved it! How lucky and blessed must your parish be to have someone so talented.