Scripture: John 1:43-51
Key verse: (46) Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Reflection: Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Nathanael couldn’t imagine that God’s Savior would come from Nazareth. It was an insignificant agricultural village, not far from a major trade route to Egypt, and likely had a population of 1,600-2,000 people in Jesus’ day. I’ve always thought of it like the small towns we travel through in route to the beach or the mountains. Maybe one stop light. Maybe a gas station with a little diner/convenience store inside. A town where everyone knows everyone else and a handful of families form the basis of the community.
Can anything good come out of Nazareth? We expect “good” to come from places of power or education or achievement. We expect good to come from experts who have credentials and a track history of work. We ignore places like Nazareth and the people who come “out of” them.
What is God calls us to “come and see” what good we might find in unexpected places? I’ve received wise personal counsel about family life from people who don’t have much worldly education. I’ve heard spiritual truth from people who never attended a seminary. I’ve experienced love and grace in the midst of people I would avoid on the street. Come and see! Pay attention today to the unexpected places where God might be at work. Listen and look and learn. You may be surprised to see that God is hidden in the least of these, somewhere you were ignoring.
Prayer: Give me eyes to see you and ears to hear you today, O Lord. Make me aware of your spiritual work in the world in unexpected places and unexpected people. Through Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].