“Come here,” the angel said to the writer of the Book of Revelation, inviting him to see the beauty of the holy city coming from heaven. “Come and see,” said Philip, inviting Nathanael to meet Jesus. Nathanael went, he saw, and he followed, becoming an apostle we know as Bartholomew.
Come. Come and see. Let me show you. These are the invitations each of us has heard at various times in our lives. When we think of the call of the apostles and even of our own vocational calls, we tend to think of major happenings, but the call of discipleship is not a one-time event. It is a daily call to listen and to respond.
Who is being Philip to me today, calling me to come and see? Where am I being called to recognize the face of Christ in my life? The call may lead me to the most unlikely of places . . . the face of the homeless person holding a sign at the corner, the cashier at the store, the driver in the car who just cut me off, the person sitting next to me on a bus or a plane. Here, in the everyday, is where I am called to find Christ.
We are also commissioned to call others, as the psalm refrain tells us. Today, may my words and actions “make known the glorious splendor of God’s kingdom” so that others may come and see and respond to the call of God.