May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. John Neumann

Learn more about St. John Neumann: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=70

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/010517.cfm

Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” 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.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Nathanael knew immediately who Jesus was when he met Him. In this time, scholars would spend the day reading the law searching for signs of the coming Messiah. Because of the heat, they would frequently sit under fig trees. Nathaniel spent his days doing just that. Jesus saw him and called him to follow Him. Nathaniel knew who Jesus was because he knew Him from scripture. If you study, you too will know Christ when you see Him. How well do you know Christ?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us a beautiful gift in your Son. He has promised us many things and I pray I will always be aware of the sky being opened and the angels ascending and descending. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

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