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Come and See

May 1, 2020

“Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.'” John 1:46

Today, Day 47, is the feast day of St. Philip and St. James the Less, Apostles. Two of Jesus’ twelve disciples, Philip and James are commemorated today because their remains were placed in the Church of the Apostles in Rome on this day in 561.

Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Simon Peter and Andrew. Jesus called him early in his ministry, and Philip got to work immediately on Jesus’ behalf. He finds his friend, Nathanael, and invites him to meet Jesus. Philip sees that Jesus is the One about whom Moses and the prophets spoke. Nathanael, understandably, rejects this out of hand. Can anything good come out of backwater Nazareth?

Philip doesn’t debate the point. He doesn’t browbeat his friend. He simply says, “Come and see.” Once Nathanael meets Jesus, he’s convinced.

Our work as Jesus’ disciples today is the same as the work given to Philip and James, to Nathanael and all the rest. Our call is to invite others to see Jesus. This means, of course, living lives of faith that are visible. We make Jesus manifest through acts of service and works of love. We invite by proclaiming that it is in Jesus’ name and for his glory that we live this way.

Who helps you see Jesus? Perhaps you could reach out today and thank them. Who can you help to see Jesus today?

You don’t have to save anyone. That’s Jesus’ job. Just invite them to come and see.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Jesus, you are the Light of the World. No darkness can overcome you. Help us to shine the light that burns within us, the very Holy Spirit that enlivens us. Open our eyes to see where we can help and serve today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: San Felipe Apóstol, by El Greco, painted between 1610 and 1614 (public domain).

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