JESUS: Finding Another, by Mark G. Boyer

Reflections for Holy Week and Easter

 

Scripture:Jesus decided to go to Galilee.  He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  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.” (John 1:43-45)

Reflection:John the Baptist is the model of pointing out Jesus to others.  Philip is the model of finding another and bringing him or her to Jesus.  It is important to notice the pattern: Jesus finds Philip, who finds Nathanael.  Once Philip has found Nathanael and invited him to come and see Jesus, Philip gets out of the way of the relationship between Jesus and Nathanael.

There are lots of lost people who need to be found.  Almost everyone knows of someone who has gotten lost in drugs in an attempt to kill the pain of emotional hurt, death of a loved one, or failure of some kind.  People get lost in alcohol, drinking in order to escape from dealing with the issues of life.  And abusive relationship between spouses or friends is a sign that either one is lost or both of the parties are lost.  People get lost in sex, in religion, in politics, and so on.  All those lost need to be found by those who practice a spirituality of mission.  A spirituality of mission dictates that one goes to find the lost by bringing Jesus to them.

This is the good news that Philip brings to Nathanael.  He has found the one Moses wrote about, a reference to the book of Deuteronomy 18:15, 18, when Moses told the people, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet.  The Lord said to Moses, ‘I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.'”  For Philip, Jesus is that prophet, whom he announces to Nathanael after he finds him.

Journal/Meditation: Who has found you?  Whom have you found?

Prayer:Lord Jesus Christ, you went to Galilee to find your apostle Philip, who in turn found your apostle Nathanael.  Make of me a faithful follower, one who finds others and invites them to come and see you, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

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