To young men who perceive in their heart, even only dimly, a yearning to give to their lives a sense of fullness, Christ shows a way.

There are some, like Andrew and John – the beloved disciple – in the Gospel (John 1:35-39), who were already ready to set out. They had the desire of a true conversion.

John the Baptist: "Behold the Lamb of God"

They felt inwardly attracted by the love of the merciful God.

When they heard the Baptist saying:

”Behold the Lamb of God”

they caught the suggestion and they walked in the direction of Jesus.

It didn’t take long for Jesus himself, hearing their steps, to turn around and set his loving gaze upon them.

What are you looking for?

A Christian vocation is often born from such a suggestion, an invitation, coming from a certain situation or a particular person…

Jesus inquires about their exterior, and above all their interior search. He so queries because he needs a free and personal response from them.
A vague inclination is however not enough for him. He asks why it is they set out after.

Andrew and John


The two disciples knew nothing but that they acted on the word of another. They could not yet formulate their desire, and so in their confusion they responded with a question:

Rabbi, where are you staying?

Jesus

The Lord perceives the stirring of their hearts, and he knows the reason for it.

He expects from them a free, personal response;
at the same time he has comprehension for the slowness of their heart. Therefore he shows them a door by which to enter:

Come and see!

Receiving the first signs of grace means leaving one’s own home to discover where he abides.