Published On: May 3rd, 2022Categories: Daily Reflections
2604, 2022

Familiarity with the Lord

HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ("Familiarity with the Lord") The disciples were fishermen: indeed, Jesus had called them when [...]

Feast of Philip & James, Apostles

1Cor 15:1-8 | Ps. 19:2-5  | Jn. 14:6-14

Paul is reminding the Corinthians to remain faithful to all that he has taught them.  He tells them that he has not taught these things to them on his own but has passed on to them what Jesus taught them: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you know the Father.” Philip, whose feast we celebrate today, asks Jesus to show him the Father.  Jesus responds that He has been with them and has tried to teach them about the Father.  Jesus continues: “ I and the Father are one.  If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.  The one who believes in me will also do the work that I do.  If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it.”  Philip is brought closer to the understanding of who Jesus is through these words of Jesus. Philip has done a great service for us as well.  Jesus tells us clearly who He is, why He came, and that our requests will be answered. Thus both of these scripture passages call us to openness and to faithfulness to the truth of who Jesus is.

Take time to listen to Jesus.  Be with Jesus as He responds to Philip.  Ask for the openness to hear Jesus’ invitation and to respond to the call with all of your being.  Trust that Jesus will be with you and will bring you to the Father.

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