St Francis Q&A

Friday, February 24, 2006

"What are you looking for?"

This weekend I will be helping out with the RCIA retreat in Buckeystown, MD. I'll lead the group in morning prayer, evening prayer, and night prayer (the Liturgy of the Hours). Also, I've been asked to give a couple talks. The first talk is called, "What are you looking for?". It will focus on Christ in their lives through the Church.

In John 1:35-42, we see John and Andrew follow Jesus. As soon as they follow him, Christ asks them, "what are you looking for?". It's a question I will pose to the RCIA candidates and catechumens (those coming into full union with the Church). It's a question for each one of us, and can apply to our past, present, and future. Whether we're aware of it or not, the answer for all of us in all of these times is: Christ.

Ultimately, in everything we do, we are looking for God. We all want to be happy...all day and every day. We have chosen or are following those things or people which we think will bring us happiness (spouse, job, home, hobbies, etc.). We think that they will be good for us...they will make us happy. We avoid things (or at least do our best to avoid them) that we know are bad and won't make us happy.

If a person or thing is truly good and makes us truly happy, it is from God and leads us to God. We experience some sense of infinite Goodness and infinite Happiness in this finite world through them. It goes beyond temporary pleasure (which is the most that the things of this world can provide) is a taste of Heaven, a taste of true joy. Heaven is what we are all seeking, in this life and in the next.

In Christ, we have Heaven on Earth. He is the "Kingdom of God", the "Kingdom of Heaven" on earth. He is God made man. God in the flesh. Happiness in the flesh. Goodness in the flesh ... Light ... Peace ... Joy ... Truth ... We can put a face and a name to all that we are looking for: Jesus Christ. Like the disciples, we follow him, want to be with him. We will go wherever he is.
Questions for the retreatants and us to consider (feel free to leave comments):

1. "where are you staying?" is what the disciples ask our Lord.
Where does Christ stay on Earth? Where is his dwelling place? Where does he call home?

2. "What are you looking for?"

Past - what have you been looking for? How did you try to find it?
Present- what are you looking for? How are you trying to find it?
Future - what will you look for? How will you try to find it?


  • Please pray so that South Dakota will pass their bill against abortion.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:21 PM  

  • I'm looking for some more Golden Grahams. someone eats them up like, I don't know, cereal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:46 PM  

  • Do you include a "blessing of the animals" in your services at some point in the year? My husband and I are looking for a church that acknowledges animals as well as people as God's creations, and deems them worthy as living beings. Thank you for your help.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:18 PM  

  • Interesting comment from the second Anon...sounds like someone I live with..

    Third Anon, yes, we have a "blessing of the animals" some time around the feast of St Francis (October 4). Look for the info in the bulletin around September. Thanks!

    By Blogger Fr Greg, at 5:15 PM  

  • Golden Grahams? I think Rice Krispies is awesome!

    Nothing, I found it and feel great!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:31 PM  

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