If you haven’t heard a child say “come and see – look at what I’ve discovered!” – perhaps you’ll recall saying this when you were a child. Something happened and you couldn’t keep it to yourself; you wanted someone else to be a part of your life. We invite our spouse, colleague, friend, person we trust to see what we’ve accomplished even now – and want in turn to celebrate and see their moments too. These moments of epiphany: Jesus likewise invites us into a relationship with him – to come and see.
John the Baptist is an unusual character; we might find an encounter with him a little off putting at first – would we want to spend an evening with him? But then, prophets force us to face the part of ourselves we find uncomfortable – and John’s message of repentance, to turn our lives around, can be just as hard for us to hear today.