Jesus says something very important in our gospel lesson today. He says, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.”
We’d like to think of ourselves as servants of Jesus.
Well, we’ve just been given a very simple test of whether we are in fact servants of Jesus.
We ask where he is, and then we evaluate whether we are there also.
This seems like a simple test at first.
Where is Jesus right now? Well, he’s everywhere and nowhere, at the right hand of God the Father and present in the Eucharist and living in our hearts.
Jesus is in a lot of places.
So in that sense, it’s not a very helpful test. But let’s ask where Jesus is just in this gospel lesson and see where we end up.
We begin with the Greeks at the festival.
They have clearly heard of Jesus and they approach Philip saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
Well, let’s start there. Is anyone approaching us to ask to see Jesus?
Are we living in such a way that people, strangers, know that they could approach us to ask about Jesus?
If someone has heard something interesting about Jesus, would they know that we are someone who could tell them more, show them more? Continue reading