MAY 1. EASTER. Wk. 4. Sat. Jn. 14. 7-14
Updated: Sep 4
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you know me, you know my Father too.
From this moment you know him and have seen him.’
Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’
‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ Jesus said, ‘and you still do not know me?
‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father,
so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?
Do you not believe
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:
it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.
You must believe me when I say
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever believes in me
will perform the same works as I do myself,
he will perform even greater works,
because I am going to the Father.
Whatever you ask for in my name I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask for anything in my name,
I will do it.’
Jesus is revealing some profound truths in this reading, that need serious reflection! Take the first words; - “If you know me, you know the Father!” – A statement that points to the goal of love; - to become one with the one loved; - which means the Father, and the Son are one; - in Love. It also means if we love Christ, we love the Father; - as they are in a union of love!
The rest of the reading builds on this foundation of a loving union; - “To have seen me is to have seen the Father! - Do you not believe I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” Here the lesson moves to a question of Faith; - “Do you not believe?”; - with Christ wanting us to believe in the depth of his divine love of the Father; - and the union that results from it.
If there are any doubts about the reality of this Union of Love, they are dispelled by Christ’s next statement; - “The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself; - it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work”, meaning Christ’s words equate to the Father’s words!
It is so easy to overlook this teaching of Christ about the centrality of Love, and how it leads to Union with the one loved. A teaching with enormous implications for Christians; - as we are also being invited, though Baptism, to become one with Christ and the Father; - through a union of Love, but; - as Christ both taught and bore witness to; - Love demands Sacrifice!
"Anyone who loves me will obey my teachings, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them, and make our home in them!"
Gospel Acclamation cf.Rv1:5
If you stay in my word, you will indeed be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, says the Lord.
First reading Acts 13:44-52 ·
Since you have rejected the word of God, we must turn to the pagans
The next sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God. When they saw the crowds, the Jews, prompted by jealousy, used blasphemies and contradicted everything Paul said. Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly. ‘We had to proclaim the word of God to you first, but since you have rejected it, since you do not think yourselves worthy of eternal life, we must turn to the pagans. For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said:
I have made you a light for the nations,
so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.’
It made the pagans very happy to hear this and they thanked the Lord for his message; all who were destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread through the whole countryside.
But the Jews worked upon some of the devout women of the upper classes and the leading men of the city and persuaded them to turn against Paul and Barnabas and expel them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in defiance and went off to Iconium; but the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.