In St. Louis, we native St. Louisans always ask the same question within seconds of meeting another St. Louisan: “where did you go to high school?” Though seemingly innocent, we often use this question to place the other into a box: as rich, middle-class or poor; intelligent, average or worse…

I am a firm believer that Christ visits us daily, in a myriad of places, people and moments. But I also know that I tend to rely too heavily on pre-conceived notions about others. It is often much easier to hear “Nazareth” and settle for what I think I need to know about someone. Doing so shuts off the opportunity to encounter the Lord in the goodness of others.

Today, Philip invites us to “Come and see”: to forgo our narrow expectations and open our hearts to where and in whom God is present in our lives.

How will I respond?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.