You Are Being Called!
Spoken word and evident proof is big in our modern world. Without seeing something, being able to hear and touch, we lose faith, are not open-minded enough to submit our faith completely. However, think about the use and effectiveness of spoken word in our current world compared to Jesus' time. I'm sure you've been in a situation where rumours and gossip were being spread about a friend, a colleague? Maybe you know for a fact that what is being shared is nowhere near the truth, even if it makes a good story. How many people actually believe it, encourage the story and share it with others? It's much easier to share lies with spoken word than truths isn't it? Back in Jesus' time, even his own disciples didn't believe in his resurrection when the women told them of his return. They had to see Jesus, touch him to confirm their belief. How faithful were they really?
Today's Gospel states:'Philip found Nathan'a-el, and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathan'a-el said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathan'a-el coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathan'a-el said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathan'a-el answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man"'(John 1:45-51).
In today's Gospel, Jesus is able to see the man Nathanael before he is even in view. Jesus calls him and says that he could see him under the tree. Nathanael is so shocked and amazed that he instantly believes in Jesus, just because he showed him a miraculous thing. Notice how at first when Jesus was speaking to Nathanael, he was unsure, fearful and afraid, doubtful. However, Jesus speaks again, telling him how he is not alone, but in God's eyes, always. The man can feel, can completely surrender to God's love and embrace. He understands that Jesus is the Son of God, speaking to him and calling him by name. Take some time to reflect on how you use your words. Do they call others to God's love?
Today's prayer comes from a Pinerest selection, a prayer for using words wisely:
Dear Lord, help me choose my words wisely. Help me speak life into those around me today--to be a source of encouragement rather than discouragement, of hope rather than pain. Amen