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Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop

 

1 Jn 3: 11-21

Ps 100: 1b-2. 3. 4. 5

 

Gospel JN 1:43-51


Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth." But Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."  Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true child of  Israel. There is no duplicity in him." Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this."  And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."



Following Jesus

 

 

It is Philip who invites Nathanael to come and see Jesus. Nathanael was doubtful about the story of Messiah at first dismissing the fact by saying that nothing good can come from Nazareth. But still accompany Philip to see Jesus. As Nathanael walks toward Jesus, Jesus describes him: "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" (1:47). It seems like a straightforward description based on his knowledge of Nathanael.  He is so moved by Jesus' prior knowledge of him that he makes a confession of faith. "Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel" (1:49). To which Jesus responds, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these. . . . You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

 

 

Jesus already knows us, even if we have no recollection of many of our prior encounters with him, even if we do not name or recognize his presence and efforts at the depths of our lives. In our lives, every time we approach Jesus, it is in the context of his prior knowledge of us.  Jesus already knows us, understands us, he knows even our most secret thoughts.  And the fact is that in spite of his knowledge of us He loves us, wants us to become his friends and co-workers.  Jesus is always ready for us even if we are the greatest of sinners.

 

 

In the first part of today's Gospel we encounter Jesus calling Philip; when he says to Philip, "follow me”. Philip apparently does not follow Jesus in the normal way of understanding. Instead of following Jesus he went looking for his friend Nathanael.  Philip brings Nathanael to Jesus.  We may say that Philip was not true to his calling.  He does not stay in the presence of Jesus.  But the truth is that he is following Jesus in a more radical way; by bringing his friend also to the presence of Jesus.  In this year of faith let us remind ourselves that it is not enough that we believe in Jesus but it is also a part of our discipleship to share our experience of God with our friends.

 

 

Fr. Justin Akkara CMI

 


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