August 24, 2016

St. Bartholomew

Jn 1: 45-51

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.

“Come and See”

In St. Louis, we native St. Louisans always ask the same question within seconds of meeting another St. Louisan: “where did you go to high school?” Though seemingly innocent, we often use this question to place the other into a box: as rich, middle-class or poor; intelligent, average or worse…

I am a firm believer that Christ visits us daily, in a myriad of places, people and moments. But I also know that I tend to rely too heavily on pre-conceived notions about others. It is often much easier to hear “Nazareth” and settle for what I think I need to know about someone. Doing so shuts off the opportunity to encounter the Lord in the goodness of others.

Today, Philip invites us to “Come and see”: to forgo our narrow expectations and open our hearts to where and in whom God is present in our lives.

How will I respond?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

Prayer

Come and see come and see what God has done
come and see come and see what love has won
in this place hearts and lives waking up
to the Light of the world
You’re the Light of the world
in this place hearts and lives waking up
to the Light of the world
You’re the Light of the world

—Come and See, by Matt Redman, © Sony ATV Music Publishing

 


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August 24, 2016

St. Bartholomew

Jn 1: 45-51

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.

“Come and See”

In St. Louis, we native St. Louisans always ask the same question within seconds of meeting another St. Louisan: “where did you go to high school?” Though seemingly innocent, we often use this question to place the other into a box: as rich, middle-class or poor; intelligent, average or worse…

I am a firm believer that Christ visits us daily, in a myriad of places, people and moments. But I also know that I tend to rely too heavily on pre-conceived notions about others. It is often much easier to hear “Nazareth” and settle for what I think I need to know about someone. Doing so shuts off the opportunity to encounter the Lord in the goodness of others.

Today, Philip invites us to “Come and see”: to forgo our narrow expectations and open our hearts to where and in whom God is present in our lives.

How will I respond?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

Prayer

Come and see come and see what God has done
come and see come and see what love has won
in this place hearts and lives waking up
to the Light of the world
You’re the Light of the world
in this place hearts and lives waking up
to the Light of the world
You’re the Light of the world

—Come and See, by Matt Redman, © Sony ATV Music Publishing

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!