Come and See for Yourself

24 August 2018

When met with Nathanael’s cynicism, Phillip’s response is inspired. He says, “Come and see for yourself.”

The world that we live in is already strongly cynical towards Jesus. They’ve made their minds up about him much like Nathanael had. Like those in his own time, people today can dismiss Jesus for any number of reasons and seem quick to ignore Him and his life-altering message.

From here, it appears their hearts are already dead set against the Gospel and that there’s nothing that we can do.

So, how can we bridge the divide?

While its vitally important, as the Second Letter of Peter insists, to have an answer ready for every question thrown against us, often the most effective response is to tell sceptics and religious questioners to ‘come and see for themselves.’

The Gospel is open and offered to all and we, like Phillip, must invite people to encounter the living Son of God. It’s Jesus that will open hearts to him, but we must be bold enough to tell those we know that “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one about whom the prophets wrote: he is Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

We need to ask ourselves, as people who have found following Christ to be like finding a treasure of inestimable worth, how often do we invite our friends to Mass? How often do we talk about Christ in front of others? How often do we invite people to a place where they can hear about and actually encounter Jesus?

That’s what it means for us to evangelise, for us to be able to lead others to come and see Jesus for themselves.

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