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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 3, 2022

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[Joanna, Mary, and Salome]

John 1:38b-39a [Jesus] said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.”

“Come and see!” That’s what an artist colleague says when someone asks what she is painting. “Come and see the glowing sunshine, the rippling water that inspired me.” Come and see the artwork itself. It’s paint, yes, but it’s also an experience of a new perspective. Seeing my friend’s paintings is like walking through unknown forests, feeling the wind, hearing the rustle of the leaves.

Seeing is so much more than looking at the surface, which is why the invitation the disciples received to “come and see” is priceless. What Jesus is saying is, “Come and see where I live. Come and see what I do. Come and see who I am.” He is offering them himself.

Like the disciples standing with John the Baptist, we too have a special invitation. If we “come and see,” we will be called to bear witness to the true meaning of hospitality. Jesus’s home is our home too. He is the host.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you respond to Jesus's invitation to "come and see"?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbaise, Nigeria

Ps 119:97-120 * 81, 82 | Judges 7:19—8:12 | Acts 3:12-26 | John 1:29-42



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