Reflection on John 1:43-51 – Become Still

John 1:43-51 Reflection ~

Am I following God in the way that is expected? My mind is crammed full of ideas, full of things I must do and I have so little time. Yet, in this split second within a breath, I recognize a flaw – I am being duplicitous, I often make my own 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 to me that to see greater things I must become still.

Nathaniel Under the Fig Tree, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum


Additional Christmastide Reflections


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.”

Thank you for meditating on this daily reading of the Gospel and considering this reflection on John 1:43-51.