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John 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 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."

John 1:45-51
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    • Jesus describes the heart and character of Nathanael as if he had looked into his soul. Would you want to think that anyone can see into your very soul? We can say to others ‘You don’t really know me’! But we cannot say that to Jesus. Jesus knows us and loves us just as we are. What a gift that is to us: we don’t have to hide anything…He loves us!
    • The more we think on you Jesus the more we find it hard to believe that you love us just as we are. We do not have to change a thing for you. All we need is to learn how to spend time in your presence and let you do the work of transforming us.
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    • What a beautiful tribute Jesus gives to Nathanael! Here is a man without guile - sincere, faithful and upright before God. Our deepest identity lies in our relationship with God.
    • Lord, I come towards you this day. You know my heart. Is it without deceit? ‘In the presence of his glory, closely watch your heart, so your thoughts won’t shame you, for he sees guilt, opinion and desire as plainly as a dark hair in pure milk’ (Rumi).
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    • I love the humanity of this reading. Nathanael was a good and honest man, but he was still subject to inherited prejudices. Do we, like him, limit the places, persons and events in which God may choose to meet us?
    • Jesus knows me fully as he knew Nathanael. What would he say of me – am I a person without deceit? Nathanael in turn comes to know Jesus. What title would I give Jesus if I met him? How convinced am I of his divine connections?
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    • Nathaniel’s answer seemed cynical but he was prepared to go and see, as Philip invited him. I pray for the strength I need to put up with dismissive answers and ask God to work gently in sceptical hearts.
    • What might it have been that Jesus saw under the fig tree? What actions or words of Nathaniel impressed him? I think of how Jesus sees me under the fig trees of my life, of how he values what may be hidden from others.
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    • /Can anything good come out of Nazareth?/ How often, Lord, have I tried to pigeon-hole people by looking down at their gender, origin, race or family. Nathanael (identified with Bartholomew from the 9th century on) could have missed the chance to meet you, only for Philip's gentle invitation: /Come and see./ Save me, Lord, from the stupidity of those who try to seem smart by despising others. May I heed Philip, and fill my eyes with you.
    • The apostles knew who they were looking for, and Jesus fitted the bill. Jesus was no stranger to them because they had read their scriptures and worshipped in the synagogue. They were open to the ‘more' of Jesus - the ‘more' he is in himself and the ‘more' he asks. Our prayer opens us to the mind of Jesus so that we recognise him in his people and in the breaking of the bread.
    • Philip's announcement about meeting Jesus received a cynical response. He might have found it difficult to see the good in Nathanael that Jesus recognised. I pray for the wisdom I need to see beyond the dismissive answer and ask for patience.
    • Jesus sees me ‘under the fig trees’ of my life, recognising what is in my heart. I relax in the knowledge that I am known and loved.
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    • /Can anything good come out of Nazareth?/ How often, Lord, have I tried to pigeon-hole people by looking down at their gender, origin, race or family. Nathanael (identified with Bartholomew from the 9th century on) could have missed the chance to meet you, only for Philip's gentle invitation: /Come and see./ Save me, Lord, from the stupidity of those who try to seem smart by despising others. May I heed Philip, and fill my eyes with you.
    • The apostles knew who they were looking for, and Jesus fitted the bill. Jesus was no stranger to them because they had read their scriptures and worshipped in the synagogue. They were open to the ‘more' of Jesus - the ‘more' he is in himself and the ‘more' he asks. Our prayer opens us to the mind of Jesus so that we recognise him in his people and in the breaking of the bread.
    • Philip's announcement about meeting Jesus received a cynical response. He might have found it difficult to see the good in Nathanael that Jesus recognised. I pray for the wisdom I need to see beyond the dismissive answer and ask for patience.
    • Jesus sees me ‘under the fig trees’ of my life, recognising what is in my heart. I relax in the knowledge that I am known and loved.
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    • /Can anything good come out of Nazareth?/ How often, Lord, have I tried to pigeon-hole people by looking down at their gender, origin, race or family. Nathanael (identified with Bartholomew from the 9th century on) could have missed the chance to meet you, only for Philip's gentle invitation: /Come and see./ Save me, Lord, from the stupidity of those who try to seem smart by despising others. May I heed Philip, and fill my eyes with you.
    • The apostles knew who they were looking for, and Jesus fitted the bill. Jesus was no stranger to them because they had read their scriptures and worshipped in the synagogue. They were open to the ‘more' of Jesus - the ‘more' he is in himself and the ‘more' he asks. Our prayer opens us to the mind of Jesus so that we recognise him in his people and in the breaking of the bread.
    • Philip's announcement about meeting Jesus received a cynical response. He might have found it difficult to see the good in Nathanael that Jesus recognised. I pray for the wisdom I need to see beyond the dismissive answer and ask for patience.
    • Jesus sees me ‘under the fig trees’ of my life, recognising what is in my heart. I relax in the knowledge that I am known and loved.
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    • /Can anything good come out of Nazareth?/ How often, Lord, have I tried to pigeon-hole people by looking down at their gender, origin, race or family. Nathanael (identified with Bartholomew from the 9th century on) could have missed the chance to meet you, only for Philip's gentle invitation: /Come and see./ Save me, Lord, from the stupidity of those who try to seem smart by despising others. May I heed Philip, and fill my eyes with you.
    • The apostles knew who they were looking for, and Jesus fitted the bill. Jesus was no stranger to them because they had read their scriptures and worshipped in the synagogue. They were open to the ‘more' of Jesus - the ‘more' he is in himself and the ‘more' he asks. Our prayer opens us to the mind of Jesus so that we recognise him in his people and in the breaking of the bread.
    • Philip's announcement about meeting Jesus received a cynical response. He might have found it difficult to see the good in Nathanael that Jesus recognised. I pray for the wisdom I need to see beyond the dismissive answer and ask for patience.
    • Jesus sees me ‘under the fig trees’ of my life, recognising what is in my heart. I relax in the knowledge that I am known and loved.