The reading for today is John 1:43-51
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 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.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you,[a] you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
To Be Called would be a great title for this reading. We have all been called to follow Jesus, though perhaps not in the same manner as Philip and Nathanael … or even Andrew and Peter. When were you called? How were you called? Was it as clear as the message Philip got to “Follow me”? Or did your calling come before you were even aware of it, as was the situation with Nathanael?
I think back to when I was a little girl. I remember feeling called, yet not sure why. Was it because of my baptism? Or had Jesus approached me through the words of someone else? Perhaps it was a Sunday School Teacher. Perhaps a friend.
More importantly, today I’ve become quite aware of how Jesus calls me each day to follow him … to love, to serve, to be his disciple and share God’s love with others.
Dear Lord, help us all to reflect … to love, to serve, to never forget that we have been called by you! Amen
Debbie Schroeder-Saulnier Deborah@excelleadershipsolutions.com
Let us all pray for anyone who is questioning their calling … anyone searching for meaning in their life. The answer is Jesus … today and always. His life, death, and resurrection free us from sin and suffering. Today and forever. Amen.