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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE (Jn 1:43-51; Douay-Rheims Bible). Thursday, January 5, 2023.

“On the following day, Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and He findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow Me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth. And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him: and He saith of him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile. Nathanael saith to Him: Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered Him, and said: Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God, Thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see. And He saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

‭‭ My dearest beloved brethren, today’s Bible reading focuses on our calls to Christianity, for us to accept Christ and make friends with Him.

As Jesus calls us to join Him and be with Him, I pray that we be blessed with the grace to listen to Him and hear His calls to us and then use His Words to have personal relationships with God in Heaven, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Jesus called you and you listened, answered, and followed Him. Since you have chosen to remain with the Lord, may the Lord stay and remain with you all through your life on earth and in your next life in Heaven, dear God’s beloved children.

Jesus’ call to Philip was direct. Jesus found Philip and called him to follow Him and Philip did. On the other hand, Jesus’ call to Nathanael was indirect because the call had to be mediated by Philip.

Remember that Jesus saw Nathanael under the fig tree but did not call him. Jesus could have called Nathanael at that time but He didn’t. Instead, the Lord Jesus waited for Philip to invite Nathanael to come and see Jesus.

All these tell us that there are many ways the Lord can give us invitation to come to Him. Sometimes how we receive the Lord’s calls to us may be without drama but simple ‘yes’ on our part. Sometimes we may hesitate at first but eventually we come to terms with the reality that the Lord is inviting us to come to Him so that He will introduce us to God the Father who is in heaven.

May our places in Heaven be secure and may neither our souls nor the souls of any of our loved ones be lost today or at any time in our lives, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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