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September 29, 2018

John 1:47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Faith based on the little things

Nathanael recognizes Jesus as the Son of God based on a seemingly minor thing that Jesus notices.  There are numerous miracles and long poetic discourses in the Gospels through which disciples come to believe, but this wasn’t the case for Nathanael.  It was a simple interaction with the divine that cemented his faith in Jesus.

This is the way that most of us encounter God, through the small, simple interactions of our day.  The practice of the Examen opens us up to increasing our awareness of how God is present in our lives, in moments both big and small.  God may be speaking to us through a brief conversation with a friend, or through a peaceful moment in nature, or through a sentence that stands out in a book we’re reading.  Like Nathanael, let us use these as opportunities of praise and thanksgiving for God’s movement in our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, help me to notice you in the big and small events of my life, so that I may always remember to orient my life toward you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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September 29, 2018

John 1:47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Faith based on the little things

Nathanael recognizes Jesus as the Son of God based on a seemingly minor thing that Jesus notices.  There are numerous miracles and long poetic discourses in the Gospels through which disciples come to believe, but this wasn’t the case for Nathanael.  It was a simple interaction with the divine that cemented his faith in Jesus.

This is the way that most of us encounter God, through the small, simple interactions of our day.  The practice of the Examen opens us up to increasing our awareness of how God is present in our lives, in moments both big and small.  God may be speaking to us through a brief conversation with a friend, or through a peaceful moment in nature, or through a sentence that stands out in a book we’re reading.  Like Nathanael, let us use these as opportunities of praise and thanksgiving for God’s movement in our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, help me to notice you in the big and small events of my life, so that I may always remember to orient my life toward you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!