Come and See

Early in Jesus’ public ministry a man named Philip — we are told — began to follow him. Philip shared this fact with a friend, Nathanael, who famously said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” A reference to the semi-rural, out of the way place where Jesus lived.

Philip simply repled, “Come and see.” There is no finer evangelistic invitation than that — Come and see. Not “are you saved, brother?” Not “if you died tonight, do you know where you’d spend eternity?” But simply, Come and see.

There is no way people will ever understand the Christian faith, and perhaps especially our take on it as Episcopalians, from the outside. Are we catholics or protestants? Are we liberals or conservatives? Are we the Republican or Democratic party at prayer?

Well, of course, we are all of these and much more. But no one will ever find that out until and unless we invite them to

Come and see.

There is no better time to do that than today.

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