Whom Do You Seek?

The next day again John [the Forerunner] was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.”   (John 1:35-39)

Fr. Lev Gillet comments:

“Of John’s two disciples who followed Him in silence, Jesus asks: ‘What seek you?’ They answer: ‘Master, where do you dwell?’ They are not looking for something but for someone, a person. Furthermore, they wish to know, not only where Jesus is going, but where He dwells. We must desire a fixed, permanent way of life, close to Jesus, more than a passing encounter. Thus, from the first page, the history of the apostles puts Jesus at the center of things. What I am seeking is not moral perfection, nor is it a conception of the coherent or enticing world. It is not even this or that gift, this or that special divine grace, it is the person of Christ. The question which Jesus asked the soldiers who came to arrest Him – ‘Who do you seek?’ [Jn 18:4]– recalls the question asked of the first two disciples: ‘What seek you?’ The expression ‘all seek for You’ [Mark 1:37], addressed one day to Jesus by the disciples, does not cease to be current. Some seek Jesus in order to join Him, others in order to render Him powerless. If only these two groups were distinctly separate! Alas! in our condition of sinful men we belong intermittently to one or the other group.” (Jesus: A Dialogue With the Savior by A Monk of the Eastern Church, p 28)