Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Come and See

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one about whom the prophets wrote: he is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’ ‘From Nazareth?’ said Nathanael ‘Can anything good come from that place?’ ‘Come and see’ replied Philip.

The opening chapter of the Gospel of Saint John shows the formation of the first disciples of Jesus.  The call of Jesus spreads like wild fire following relational paths of either families or friendships.  The evangelising call in each case is very simple... "come and see".

Two things strike me about the calling of Jesus' disciples.  It was relational and invitational.  The invitation from a family member or friend to "come and see" is non-threatening.  I am reminded that the most effective way I can evangelise is to be in authentic relationship with those I invite to meet Jesus.  This may not haul in the crowds but it is focused and effective.  It is also the invitation offered to me today.  Come and see...

Lord Jesus, You invite me to "come and see" what You are offering me.  Let me be effected by what I see so the desire to invite others burns within me.
Saint Philip and Saint Bartholomew, please pray for me.

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