The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he 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 see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
John 1:35-39, NRSV
Last Wednesday NC State University and Meredith College students headed back to the classroom. Some knew where they were headed; others tried to look like they did. Here at Lutheran Campus Ministry-Raleigh, we celebrated the first day of classes with a cookout and conversation. New and returning students got to know each other over dinner and then we gathered for a devotion.
Jesus asks a lot of questions. And at LCM-Raleigh we have a lot of questions. And we seek to foster a faith community that explores questions in relation to who God calls us to be as disciples. Students took time to consider how they would respond to Jesus today if he asked them, “What are you looking for?”. Students interpreted the question and replied individually on index cards. In small groups, they shared what they are looking for at LCM-Raleigh.
Hold us in your prayers this week. Ask the Holy One to form LCM as a faith community where students can come and see Christ active in their lives.