Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

The honesty of Nathanael in seeking truth brought him to Jesus. “Come and see” was the answer to his search. He was a man without guile and so he could encounter what he sought sooner. We wonder what he saw and experienced.

We come to know what he saw for himself from the witness of life he offered. He could not hide or keep for himself the profundity of truth he came across. He found in Jesus a message that is alive and that brings joy for all. He left his homeland and took along with him the treasure that he found as far as India and many other countries.

His initial encounter with Jesus took him to the realms he could never conceive. St. John saw it in his vision of the Holy City where on the foundations stones the names of the apostles of the lamb were written. Nathanael thus remains a foundation stone for the evangelizing community.

Pope Francis shares his dream of every Christian becoming an ‘evangeliser’ sharing the Word that is alive and joyful. It all begins from an honest “come and see.” Because ‘the World is charged with the grandeur of God’ (G. Hopkins).


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