First reading Daniel 7:9-10,13-14

His robe was white as snow

As I watched:
 
Thrones were set in place
and one of great age took his seat.
His robe was white as snow,
the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames,
its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out,
issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him,
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
A court was held
and the books were opened.
 
I gazed into the visions of the night.
 
And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven,
one like a son of man.
He came to the one of great age
and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred sovereignty,
glory and kingship,
and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty
which shall never pass away,
nor will his empire ever be destroyed.
 
 

Responsorial Psalm 137(138):1-5

In the presence of the angels I will bless you, O Lord.
 
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart:
  you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
  I will adore before your holy temple.
 
I thank you for your faithfulness and love,
  which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
  you increased the strength of my soul.
 
All earth’s kings shall thank you
  when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord’s ways:
  ‘How great is the glory of the Lord!’
 
 

Gospel John 1:47-51

You will see heaven laid open, and the Son of Man

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael. ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ And then he added ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’
 
 
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God Who Reveals Himself

In today’s gospel passage, Jesus saw Nathanael as a man searching for something more in his life and promised him that he would see “greater things”. The “greater things” that Nathanael would experience was to have a personal relationship with God.
 
Jesus then used the image of Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28: 12-17 to show us that God desires to enter into a mutual sharing of life and love with His people. The angels coming down represent God descending into our hearts to reveal Himself. The angels ascending to heaven represent our response to Him as we open and share our life and love with Him. Sometimes, we fail to listen to God’s invitation to have a relationship with Him. Today, let us listen attentively to God so that we can come to know the “greater things” that He has in store for us.
 
Reflective question:
What prevents me from listening attentively and encountering God today?
 
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year A” by Sr Sandra Seow FMVD.