The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 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.
Once again we experience a “transition weekend” within our faith communities. Tomorrow we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. Next Sunday brings the celebration of Jesus’ baptism by John at the River Jordan. After that we begin the first period of “ordinary time” in 2019.
St. Ignatius of Loyola always invites us during times of transition to review the past and then to look forward. What special personal and family events were important for me over Christmas? How were my relationships strengthened with family and friends? What am I looking forward to now in the near year?
When during the holidays did God’s grace come alive in a particular way? Can I imagine how God is inviting me to use my gifts and talents in some new way? Or simply to put fresh energy into the familiar routine that January now brings?
Find some quiet time to ponder whatever questions and possibilities emerge in your heart and soul. Be grateful…and look ahead with hope!
—The Jesuit Prayer team at St. Camillus
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
—Traditional prayer to the Holy Trinity