getting out the WORD - the 2nd sunday after epiphany PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!"

John 1:43-51

Discipleship is one of the big - if not the biggest -topic being discussed in the church, today. The conversation began sometime in the Eighties when we realized the church was shrinking and getting grayer. And since then, "making disciples" has become the mantra of congregations and denominations across the U.S. And so, we say our prayers and read our bibles and do service projects and, of course, invite everyone around us to "come and see!"

But this week's gospel serves as a reminder that it may not be as complicated as we tend to make it. Discipleship doesn't begin with an invitation! It doesn't begin with curiosity! It begins with Jesus! Before Nathanael ever saw Jesus, Jesus sees him! Before Nathanael spoke, Jesus speaks! Before Nathanael ever went and saw, the Word had become flesh! We're nothing more than the echo and reflection of what god has already done! No. It's not discipleship that will "save" the church. That's Jesus' job!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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