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Christmas Weekday: January 5th

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Gospel text (Jn 1:43-51): Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we read a funny story. Philip has been with Jesus and he is delighted. When finding his friend Nathanael, he tells him right away: -I have found the Savior, whom the people of Israel were waiting for, Jesus of Nazareth! Nathanael replies with little courtesy: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” What a blunder!

-Instead, Jesus speaks well of Nathanael: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.” What a praise! And it is that God knows us deeply, without prejudice... and loves us as we are.