“Ano’ng Hanap?”

“Ano’ng Hanap?”

January 4, 2017
Weekday of Christmas
The Gospel Today
John 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
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.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.

Reflection (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano, Jr.)

In the very busy Divisoria, a haven for those who want to shop for items which are low priced, I often hear from the vendor: “Ano’ng hanap?” She initiates the point of contact and so creates an awareness on the part of the customer that she might have the item he is looking for.

In the Gospel according to St. John, Jesus’ first spoken word was a question addressed to two unnamed disciples asking the same question, “What are you looking for?” (1:38). This tells me that God knows that man’s heart is always searching for Him, and His desire is always to attract us, His creation to Himself. Referring to the Book of Genesis, God’s first question to man happened after our first parents’ fall – when Adam and Even were hiding. He asked: “Where are you?” God always wants us to bring us to an awareness so we can situate ourselves near Him, to only look for Him.

God created us for Himself, and for that, He does not want us to be away from Him. He always draws us to His side, looking after us and asking from us to situate ourselves always near Him.

If anyone is seeking God, let us know that He is seeking us all the more. When we are asked: “Ano’ng hanap?”, may our heart respond its desire: only God.

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