By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 15, ‘What are you looking for?’
The first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John are directed toward the first disciples who choose to follow him. He asks them, ‘What are you looking for?’ These are the same words he first speaks after his resurrection. Upon finding Mary Magdalene crying at his tomb, he asks her, ‘What are you looking for?’ We learn in this Gospel that resurrection and new life do not look as we might expect. What are we looking for? A flaming chariot from on high? An eerily floating talking-head in the heavens? A booming voice of truth overhead? A free meal? A one-year sober chip? The self-control not to yell at an instigator? Reconciliation between friends? Reconciliation between enemies? May we have a renewed view of how resurrection might look for us this Easter.
Prayer Jesus, what am I looking for? Show me yourself this Easter in new and unexpected ways.