John 1:47-51 Reflection – Jesus and Heavens Presence

Reflection on John 1:47-51

It has taken many years for me to realize that Jesus sees me walking towards him. Most of journey felt like I was on a roller coaster, sometimes I was easy to be seen at the top and other times difficult down at the bottom. It is in those upward movements that we realize Jesus is acknowledging us. Our roller coaster needs to change to an endless up as we climb the mountain of faith. Metaphors like climbing help us to grasp belief in Jesus and heavens presence.

Nathaniel Under the Fig Tree James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumNathaniel Under the Fig Tree,  James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum


Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

John 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

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.”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 1:47-51.