Saturday 5 January 2019
1 John 3:11-21. Psalm 99(100). John 1:43-51.
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy – Psalm 99(100).
‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’
Today’s psalm response expresses what we may feel when we contemplate today’s gospel scene. Imagine the joy experienced by Philip and Nathaniel as they meet Jesus. In a scene of few words we see these two new followers of Jesus coming to some understanding of this remarkable man.
With our hindsight, we know that Philip and Nathaniel are seeing Jesus with the eyes of faith. They are responding joyfully to an invitation from him. Nathaniel is able to address Jesus with the words: ‘You are the Son of God.’ Lord, grant us the grace of deep interior joy in our relationship with you.