Posted by: livingscripture | September 29, 2011

Feast of Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

 

From the Word of the Day

 

“Nathanael said to him, ‘How do you know me?’  Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree’.”

                John 1: 48           

How should we live this Word

John’s passage presents the call of Nathanael. Since verse 35 of chapter 9 there have been a succession of invitations on the part of John the Baptist, Andrew, and Philip to know and follow Jesus. They had encountered Jesus personally and they now want to share their enthusing and liberating experience. Testimony is a valid help to approach Jesus. However, the encounter with Him is immediate and personal. As He sees Nathanael coming closer accompanied by Philip, Jesus knows him from within as a righteous man without insincerity who is searching for the truth. Nathanael is surprised to be thus known and asks, ‘How do you know me?’ Jesus reveals a personal moment in which he had experienced God’s intimate presence. This memory evokes the stupendous recognition, ‘You are the Son of God!’ In the silence of our being, we too have our moments of personal and intimate contact with the Lord.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to call to mind the experience of my encounter with God, evoking the love, faith, and trust that it aroused within me.

Lord, You are my God. I thirst for You! Lord, increase my capacity to see You, to know You in Your creation, in relationships, in events that cross my life. Help me to be an authentic witness who announces You to others. Come and see!

The voice of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Nathanael’s reaction receives a very simple response. “Come and see!” It is not reasoning or a theory. It is a fact that Jesus Himself had already set in motion when He said to the two disciples of John, ‘Come and see.’ Jesus invites us to have a practical experience.

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