Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Are you easily impressed? Nathanael in today’s Gospel seems to be. If someone told me they had seen me and knew me before they met me, I might wonder how, but I probably wouldn’t immediately name them the Son of God because of it. But maybe Nathanael has the right idea. What if we were more easily impressed? What if the very beat of our heart, the respiration of our lungs, the color of the sky, or the handful of peanuts we snack on at work reminded us immediately of God’s goodness to us and God’s care for us? What if in ourselves and in every person we meet, we saw the Son of Man?
How impressed am I by Jesus as I experience him in my life?
—Ken Weber is a University Minister in the Department of Student Life and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans.
Lord, soften my heart today to recognize your grace and generosity to me in every moment.
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