Team 1 Ministry Update - "Come and See"

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." (John 1:45-46)

When our team discovered we would be able to hang out with students in their classrooms, we were overjoyed! Not only could we play with them in the gym, but we could sit and spend time with them all day! We were also invited to play music at Vanier high school’s Ash Wednesday liturgy, and to visit classrooms at Holy Family! We could not wait to get started, especially because we really wanted to dive in and dig deep on building up the youth groups and the students’ faith here. That way, we could understand how to minister to them more once we understood their own relationship with God. 

We began by asking the youth groups on how they view or would describe their relationship with God. We even got to relive a bit of our retreat ministry by putting on retreats for the grade 8’s and 9’s at Vanier so we asked them the same question. We discovered that the students who have faith struggle a lot with sharing or showing it in an environment where Christianity is not talked about or discouraged. 

Often, we can feel intimidated to invite others, especially secular people, to a mass or Catholic event. We fear being judged, picked on, or facing emotional or political confrontation. We don’t realize how simple our invitation can be, and we easily lose sight on who truly changes all hearts! Whenever I struggle, I turn to this passage, which perfectly illustrates evangelization for me. Nathanael (also known as Bartholomew) is quite resentful when he hears Philip talk about Jesus being the Messiah based on where He is from; a very small and impoverished city with no affluent people or grand structures. When he challenged Philip’s belief, Philip didn’t reply with grand spiritual insight or a sense of self-righteousness towards Nathanael’s bigotry, he simply responded, “come and see.” Nathanael did not convert because of what Philip said, but because Philip brought him to meet Jesus!

Our team also wants to challenge the youth here to “come and see.” After two months in discipleship ministry, we already started witnessing the Holy Spirit move the hearts of many youth! We have received a lot of positive feedback from the students in the youth groups on how their faith has deepened with these reflections. One even sent us a message on Instagram on how much he appreciated being able to talk to a lot of people about his faith! After the retreats, many youth wanted to follow the Instagram page so they could DM their questions about the Catholic faith. We are also now able to live with host families and spend time with them! So we have been greatly impacted by the Cathlic community here who has been praying and taking care of us! <3

All of us on NET Team 1 want to challenge you to invite someone to see Jesus! It can mean inviting them to mass, or just encouraging them to be curious and ask questions!

God bless!