Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 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.
I ask Jesus for many things but receive them not. What then does He mean, “If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”
I must consider any one Scripture verse within the broader context. Earlier in this narrative Jesus says “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…” I call someone by name when entering into relationship. Yahweh, the transcendent “I am”, whose name I, the unimportant, am unworthy to call, incarnates His Son. Jesus, then calls me to ask anything in His name, inviting me into a new and intimate relationship that reveals the way to truth, life, and the uncontainable love of the Father and the Son.
As in any relationship, may I ask Jesus for things of mutual value, things (as Saint Ignatius reminds us) that give God the greater glory.
—Stephen Hutchison founded and leads Revitalization 2000, Inc., a nonprofit organization that emerged from St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church to assist its Ignatian-based mission to serve the poor in the surrounding neighborhood of north St. Louis.
Jesus, is it I You invite
to ask in Your name?
Though I do not know You enough
You know me.
You knew me before I was
before there was a was.
You knit me in my mother’s womb
You count the hairs on my head
You chose me
long before I chose You
and in that awareness I call You
asking to know you more
and to mirror You
asking for truth and life
that which You alone possess
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