22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

I wonder what Andrew and Philip said to Jesus. They have come to tell Jesus about Greeks, that is Gentiles, non-Jews. What will Jesus’ disciples have to say about non-Jews who are inquiring after Jesus? Why would they waste Jesus’ time with Gentiles?

Is it possible Andrew and Philip have discerned something genuine in these Greeks who are asking about their teacher? Do they sense a sincere heart-opening in these inquirers, even though they are not of Jewish faith? Are they able to embrace the possibility that God might be at work beyond the parameters of their own community?

Jesus’ disciples have not always been willing to look outside the box of their familiar perceptions of what God might do (cf. Luke 9:54). But I like to believe that, on this occasion, Andrew and Philip are open enough to the unexpected moving of God’s Spirit that they are willing to entertain the possibility that these non-Jews are genuine seekers after truth.

It appeals to me to think that, already some of Jesus’ followers might be able to see in Jesus that God cannot be confined to the narrow strictures of their humanly constructed religious system. Perhaps they have begun to open to the possibility that God is bigger than their tight little definitions and dogmas have led them to believe.

I wonder how open I am to the surprises of God and the unexpected ways love might be at work in the world.


What habits, attitudes or ways of being in the world obscure my vision of the surprising things God might be doing? How can I open more deeply to the unexpected ways of God’s Spirit?