Grace Dwells in the Word
Sunday, January 17,2021 Second Sunday after Epiphany B
Prayer for receiving the Word:
Lord and Savior, open now your saving word. Let it burn like fire within us. Speak until our hearts are stirred. Lord, we thank you for the good news that you bring. Amen.
Gospel: (Scripture was written to be heard. Please, give it a voice. Read it aloud.)
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip 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." 46Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" 48Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." 49Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" 50Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." 51And 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."
- What does the passage have to say about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What word is God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) speaking to me in this passage?
- What word does the passage speak about how we live in community together?
- What does God want me to do?
Jakob’s Notes: Philip and Nathanael are educated men who are well-versed in the law and prophets. Both know of the promise of the Messiah; both anticipate one sent by God. Yet, Nathanael is doubtful when Philip announces he has found the one whom they have been seeking. Nathanael points out the obvious. What good ever came from Nazareth, a town never mentioned in the Hebrew scriptures, never associated with messianic expectations? Philip’s invitation to Nathanael is a simple one: “Come and see.” (John 1:46 NRSV) No need to debate it. Come and see. Yet before Nathanael can respond, Jesus finds him. Jesus knows him, but how? Nathanael is baffled. Nevertheless, something clicked for Nathanael. He was convinced and proclaimed Jesus as Rabbi, Son of God and King of Israel. Verse 51 references Genesis 28:10-19.