The story of Nathanael in today’s gospel reminds us of the process of conversion. First Nathanael is told about Jesus by his friend Phillip. Second Nathanael doesn’t accept this at first but wants to look into it further. He doesn’t believe the Messiah could come from Nazareth since he subscribes to the popular notion that nothing good can come from Nazareth. His encounter with Jesus however changes his mind and he professes that Jesus is the Son of God. Finally he leaves what he was doing to follow him.
This process is very similar for all of us. Someone such as our parents or good friend first told us about Jesus and helped us believe. Most of us however had to discover for ourselves that he was our Lord and Messiah. Once we had that metanoia, we decided to follow him. This is the response Jesus wants from us, to turn our life over to him more completely each day.
Then as someone led us to Christ, he expects us to do the same for those we encounter. Today is an opportunity to lead someone to Christ like Phillip did for Nathanael. Don’t waste this opportunity ! He’s counting on you !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
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“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.