Walking with -- come, see!
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. (John 1:46)
I was blessed, way back in high school, to be the person who "took" Delia into the Sanctuary on Sundays. We sang in the choir, were the first ones in line - directly behind whoever was caring the cross leading the processional, so it was up to me (I thought!) to get Delia to "our place" in the choir pews. I learned, very quickly, the very first Sunday, my job was to keep Delia "behind" the leader" and to walk WITH her. I would stay a step ahead, her hand on my arm, so she knew we were to the stairs (or an obstruction of some sort) and try to keep her at the same pace as the rest of the choir coming in behind us. It was an interesting experience that helped me as I continued to work with the visually impaired all through college (the first time) and on several occasions since.
The Gospel reading this morning is about Jesus calling his Disciples to come into ministry. The excitement Philip feels needs to be shared so he tells Nathanael who questions about people coming from Nazareth (which is a whole different topic). Philip responds "come and see." (v. 46) Jesus is still speaking to each one of us, calling us into ministry WITH him. So are we questioning, like Nathanael, or guiding like Philip? Jesus is walking "one step" ahead of us, guiding us, leading us in the right direction. Are we listening? Are we walking "with"?
Are we so excited about it we can share it with friends and family? Can we let God lead, staying ahead of us, as we walk WITH Him and follow where He is leading?
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