DGeMS


Christmas Time,  Friday, 5th January,2018  (Jn 1:43-49)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

“Come and See”: In today’s Gospel, Philip invited Nathanael to see the Messiah from Nazareth whom he has met.  He said, “Come and See;” Jesus Himself too said, “Come and See” to all the apostles that He had chosen.  Are our minds open and hearts receptive, like Nathanael and the apostles?  Do we really want to know Jesus?  What is God saying to you today?


Fr Philip Heng, S.J


After Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, he met Philip and said, ‘Follow me.’ Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’

Nathanael said to him, ‘From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is no deception.’ Nathanael asked, ‘How do you know me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Before Philip came to call you, I saw you under the fig tree.’

Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.’


TODAY'S POINTERS ON GOD'S WORD
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •In Philip’s zeal of following Jesus, the Messiah, “Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth,” he urged Nathanael to see for himself and to discover the truth about Jesus.  

  • •How much zeal do we have to make Jesus and the Good News of Salvation known in our daily living?  How often do we speak about the Bible, the Sacraments like the Eucharist and prayer to others?  These are our daily responsibilities as Christians.

  • •When Jesus encountered Nathanael He immediately praised him for his integrity.  Through this, Nathanael experienced a deep conversion of heart.  When was the last time we experienced a conversion of heart?  What was the experience like?