MAY 3. Philip & James. Apostles. Jn.14. 6-14
Jesus said to Thomas:
‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.
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,’ said Jesus ‘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.’
Yesterday’s reading was about the Vine and the branches; - a beautiful parable that expresses a glorious truth about the union of Jesus with his people; - and today the revelations of union continue; - this time of Jesus’ union with the Father; - a truth and a teaching we do not give enough attention to.
The reason for this is no doubt because it is a teaching we find hard to understand; - how one person, a divine person, can live within another; - but Jesus had no hesitation in proclaiming this truth on multiple occasions; -and not only when talking about the union of the Father with himself; - but also when talking about his union with ourselves; - so he clearly wants us to believe in what he is teaching?
And this is the beauty of our Faith! It gives us the ability to believe truths we find difficult, and even impossible to understand; - but we believe them because they were given to us by Jesus Christ; - the Son of God; - our Creator! The only grounds on which we could not believe would be if we did not believe in God; - which is a ridiculous idea as we are clearly creatures; - created by a loving Creator!
Jesus was clear in what he said, and left no room for doubt; - “If you know me, you know my Father too”; - and his teachings would soon go even further; - for those prepared to believe, - when he would proclaim the Mystery of the Eucharist; - where he would dwell within us in the form of bread; - with all these indwellings having their origin in God’s Love for us!
And we were given the ultimate sign of this Love when Christ gave his life for us on a Cross!
"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!"