Saturday, January 5, 2013

More to See

Gospel: John 1:43-51. 

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 Israelite. 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."

Making people believe in God is a real challenge. In this world, most people think that to see is to believe. People doubt just like how Nathanael doubted when Philip told him about Jesus. To the contrary, as Christians we believe in order to see. Jesus said we are yet to see greater things. There is more to the joy we feel when we recognize God’s blessings; there is more to the peace we enjoy when we talk to God; there is more to the overwhelming feeling of worshipping God. Can you imagine that? We might think we already had the best of feelings at some point in our spiritual journey but God is telling us there is more to come. That’s His promise.

Now, don’t you see it fit to share this great promise with the rest of the world? I guess what makes our mission different from all other missions is that we have God. Unlike most missions which are accomplished only by individuals alone, ours is a mission where we work together – with each other and with God. It is never a burden then, is it? While we work, we get to enjoy the company of our brothers and sisters and more importantly, we enjoy God’s comforting presence.

However, we must also realize that this mission can be quite challenging; so challenging that our faith will be put to the test especially when doubt becomes contagious; so challenging that we might be tempted to give up and just live the easy life. If we ever reach this point, we just have to remember that we have God on our side. There is always more strength in Him. Besides, we never have to do it alone. If we do our part by bringing God into the lives of other people, we allow God to do His part also. By introducing God to other people, we also become a blessing. Once they come to know Him they will start to recognize and be grateful for the many wonderful things He has done for them. And together, we will see greater things just as God has promised us.

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