24th January 2015
So Philip says to Nathaniel, ‘We have found him about whom Moses and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’
Nathanael answers Philip's exitement.said, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’
I wonder, had Nathanael been sitting under the fig tree in contemplative mood, before Philip hit him with the amazing news about the Messiah?
Contemplating his peaceful existence and knowledge of God as he shaded himself under a fig tree, ‘All’s right with the world” ; or Nathanael, far from being content with the way things were, resented the lack of peace and security under the brutal Roman occupation and dreamed of a new order and the time of the Messiah.
Where are you sitting? Are you content or restless ?
The Revd Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church