John 1:43-51 Reflection ~
Am I following God in the way Trinty expects? My mind is full of ideas and things to do within so little time. Yet, within a breath, I recognize a flaw in this split second. I am duplicitous and often make my path without first “sitting under the fig tree.” Instead, I must constantly glance at the radiance of Christ and heaven that is touchable only by believing. A Monk repeating Jesus’s words once said that I must become still to see greater things. These thoughts are decades old, but I still hear them. They ring out loud, reminding me that this prayer time for greater things is precious in the stillness of early mornings.
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John 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 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.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 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.”
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
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