I have observed that there are some similarities in what might be termed Your “style” as to how You met people in Your time on earth and how You meet people still.
After You became somewhat “known” in Your own time, people often came to You – they still do. But it’s not these I’m thinking about here. Rather, I’m thinking about those to whom You came - to whom You just “showed up” like a surprise in their lives. There are accounts in scripture about these people and there are accounts down through the centuries after Your ascension of such people. They are a different group (in a sense, a more favored group) than those who came to You. At least it would seem that they are more favored because You made the effort to come to them: John The Baptist, the apostles, the elders in the temple, the Samaritan woman, the good thief, Paul, etc.
Then there were those who pursued You: Your mother, Nicodemus, Zachary, the centurion, the disciples, the lepers, the woman who touched You, etc It’s good to pursue You. But it seems better to be pursued by You. After Your ascension the saints pursued You, and we pursue You in our own lives. But there are those to whom You still come. You just “show up” like a surprise.
We cannot leave out that You still come to each of us daily in the Eucharist. I’m sure it’s all in my own perception, but there seems to be these two groups: those who seek You and those You seek out in a special way. Of course, being pursued by You better satisfies our vanity. But it is true that there are those whom You still seek out in special ways.
The semblance of Your coming to individuals, of seeking and pursuing them, seems aimed particularly in our day at those who may not be paying particular attention to You but whom You favor for a specific task. The rest of us plod onward seeking (and often finding) You in our own way. You love and desire that we come to You – that we seek You. Yet, for us there is a special glow upon those to whom You come in special ways. Maybe it’s the whole idea of You coming to us that keeps us going – waiting. Maybe the whole concept of the Messiah’s coming drives everything here in this life – or, if not here, in the life to come.