If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
In the Gospel, today, we are in the upper room, and Jesus is pouring out his heart to his friends. This is their last evening together before his passion and death. He is holding nothing back, and Philip senses this. His request is the request of all the holy ones found in the Hebrew Scriptures, but it shows a lack of real knowledge of who Jesus is: “Master show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus is clearly disappointed in Philip: “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?”
Am I like Philip? How long have I been reflecting on the life of Jesus? Can I say that I really know him? Are we convinced that whoever has seen Jesus has seen the Father? Jesus is our best glimpse of God. Let us continue to gaze upon Jesus, each day in our prayer, and we will see God.
In some wondrous way, we become what we gaze upon, what we contemplate.
—Fr. Robert Braunreuther, S.J., a Jesuit of the New England province, assists in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also minister of the Arrupe House Jesuit community.
Lord, strengthen our resolve to follow when the way is hazy and our footsteps are not secure. Strengthen our understanding and acceptance that revelation is a process of discovering, choosing, and following you wherever we are in our life, And should we struggle with taking that first step, assure us that we need but move forward one step at a time in response to your call.
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