Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/24

“I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you” (Vers 48)


Feast Day of St.  Bartholomew 21st

                                              Gospel: John 1:45-51

“I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you” (Vers 48)

We do not know what Nathaniel (Bartholomew) experienced under the fig tree.  It must have been something important.  It may have been a moment of great pain or loneliness. It invites us to really think about what kinds of moments like that we may have had in our lives:  What is my fig tree?

“I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you” (Vers 48)


Jesus’ statement found Nathaniel’s heart.  In the same moment where he felt left alone and felt misunderstood, back then under that Fig Tree, that’s when Jesus saw him.  That’s when Jesus was with him.  That’s when Jesus made sure that he could continue with life.

 “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you” (Vers 48)

 All this happened before his call to follow Christ through Phillip’s urging.  Jesus was in our lives long before we began to consciously walk with Him.  He knows us through and through.  How it must have toughened Nathaniel as Jesus calls him “a man without falsehood”.  Jesus knows us deeply.   He was there for everything that we have had to live through, and He speaks positively about us.  Let’s let these words penetrate our heart as well: ‘I know you, I have seen everything that you have experienced.  You are a man of no falsehood”.

“I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you” (Vers 48)

When we allow these words to work within us, healing can pour out from them.  The positive opinion of Jesus about us can give us strength.  His hidden presence even during painful moments, allows healing to flow into those memories.




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