Liturgical Colour : White
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we continued the discourse of the Scriptures, with a similar theme to yesterday’s Scripture readings, that is on faithful discipleship and servanthood to God. In today’s Gospel passage, all of us heard about the calling of the Apostle Nathanael, also known as St. Bartholomew, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Lord, who was once a learned scholar and a wise man of Israel.
In the Gospel passage, Nathanael met the Lord and initially he had his reservations about believing in Jesus, as he was well versed in the Scriptures, and he knew that the Messiah was not supposed to come from Nazareth in Galilee, but from Bethlehem in Judea, not knowing that Jesus was indeed born in the town of Bethlehem when Mary and St. Joseph went there for the Imperial census.
But the Lord revealed His truth to Nathanael, and he came to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and Lord of all, the One Who was promised to us mankind, because he recognised Him in his innermost being, in the depth of his heart and mind, that Jesus is the Messiah and Saviour of the world because He is the proof and living reality of God’s great love for us all, His beloved children.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, in our first reading today, from the Epistle of St. John, we heard again of this love which God has given us, and all of us are called to imitate the love that God has shown to each one of us. If we say that we belong to the Lord, and are indeed His children, then it is just natural that we have to walk in the same way as Our Father, and obey His laws and commandments.
Unfortunately, many of us are still not doing what we should be doing. We prefer to follow the devil and commit sins and wicked things heinous and evil in the sight of God Our Father, as if Satan is our father instead of God. That is the sad truth and reality of world today, where more people, even Christians, lived in accordance with the ways of the devil rather than following God’s commandments and laws.
This is where all of us as Christians should give examples to our brethren, that we live our lives to the best of our abilities, trying to practice whatever it is that we believe in, first of all by our capacity and ability to love, since love is the most important aspect of our faith in God, Who is love and Who has shown us perfect and complete love. First of all, we should love God with all of our strength, placing Him at the centre of our loves.
What does this mean, brothers and sisters in Christ? It means that we should do everything with God first and foremost in our minds. We should not do everything with the focus on our own selves and our own personal ambitions and desires. Then, after we have done so, we should also love our fellow brothers and sisters, our fellow men in the same manner, and not be selfish, concerned only with ourselves.
Let us all seek to be ever more faithful to the Lord, Our Loving God and Father. Let us all devote more of our time, effort and attention to be ever closer to Him, so that we may draw ever closer to Him and eventually find our way to receive the fullness of the eternal glory He has promised each one of us, His beloved children, who believe in Him and walk in His ways. May God be with us always, now and forevermore. Amen.