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.
“Can anything good come from Nazareth”? What a comment about our Savior! Jesus had not done anything yet, but an assumption was made about him, his character, and his possible lack of contribution to the society of his day. Jesus did not let this comment deter his mission to be the sacrificial lamb for each of us. What a great gift.
These types of assumptions are often still made about others who may not be from well-off communities. Jesus had not done anything yet, but he ultimately did. Providing opportunities for others who come from little economic means should be our focus in order to help fulfill what God has in store for them to do.
Will you give someone the chance today to do what she/he has not done yet? Or will you assume the worst?
—Dr. Phyllis Graham-Dickerson is a professor and assistant dean at Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Loretto Heights School of Nursing for seven years, with a tenure of 17 years on the nursing faculty.
Heavenly Father, help me to see the potential in all people. Amen.
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