Friday, 13 January 2012
Andrew and Peter, Philip and Nathaniel show up in Holy Scripture. In the Gospel according to John, these four share a common experience. Andrew found Jesus and got to know him. Then he went to his brother, Peter, encouraging him to share Christ too. Philip found Jesus and got to know him but, then, it was Philip who encouraged Nathaniel to share Christ. As you are well aware, Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathaniel all came to know Jesus. Knowing Jesus, that is to say personally and intimately, empowered the disciples to share Christ. Just so, our own personal relationship with the living Christ precedes our ability to share Christ meaningfully with another. By the same token, to find ourselves incapable of sharing Christ suggests that we may not quite possess the kind of relationship with Jesus that we think we do. Start to finish, it is all about an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus or just know about him? The former will encourage others. The latter will bore them to tears!