The Gospel text for this Sunday comes from Mark 1:29-39.
In the passages preceding these verses, we are told of how Jesus had just been teaching in the Synagogue in Capernaum. The people were amazed at the authority He had in His teaching and over evil spirits. News about what had happened started to spread throughout the region.
In our reading for today, we are told when they left the Synagogue, Jesus along with Simon, Andrew, James and John went to the house of Simon and his brother Andrew’s house. There, Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever. Jesus went to her, took her by the hand lifted her up. The fever left her and she got up and began to serve them. Later that night the town’s people brought to Jesus all who were sick and possessed with demons. We are told that the whole city gathered around the door of the home. Jesus healed the sick and cast out many demons.
In the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place to pray. Simon and his companions went out and hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” These two words hunted and searching cause me to ask.
In the morning, when I awake and pray am I hunting for Him or am I searching for Him? So I looked up in the dictionary their meanings.
To hunt means to go after with the knowledge that I will find what it is I seek. To hunt for someone is to know that, that person will not evade you. When we hunt for Jesus we do so knowing that when we pray, He will be right there. He is waiting for you to find Him. To search has several meanings.
The first meaning is to carefully look for something one has lost. Have you lost your first love that you had for Jesus? Jesus has not moved away from you. If you feel like you have to go out searching for Jesus this may indicate that you have lost track of the path He wants you to follow.
The second meaning of search is to look for something that you think has been concealed from you. Jesus will never conceal His love and desire from you. He may not reveal all that He wants to show you all at once. For now you see in a mirror dimly, but some day you will see Him face to face in all of His glory. This is His desire for you. He wants you to just follow Him day by day trusting that He knows what is best for you.
The third meaning of search is to question and scrutinize the motives behind another person’s actions. You don’t have to question Jesus motives toward you. He loved each and every one of you so much that He gave up His live for you so that you might live with Him in His Kingdom forever.
All you have to do is just believe. So don’t just search for Jesus rather hunt for Him like James, John, Simon and Andrew did and find Him.
In the following verses Jesus and those that had found Him left and went to other towns proclaiming the message of salvation, leaving behind those who were just searching. Don’t be left behind, hunt and find Jesus. Then go with Him and proclaim the message of salvation to others.