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Feast: Sts. Philip & James

Scripture readings for today's Feast:

I Corinthians 15:1-8

Psalm 19

John 14:6-14 

“Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” (today’s Gospel)

 The response that Jesus gives is one that we’ve been hearing many times in these weeks after Easter: “If you’ve seen me you have seen the Father. The Father and I are one.”

My first response to this would be to ask the question: “What would be enough for me?!

The Apostles – the inner core of Jesus’ foundation of the new Church and those who walked with Him during those three years of His public ministry still wanted more. Even though they had seen him perform many miracles they seemed to be wise enough to know that just looking at Jesus as a miracle worker wasn’t all there was to being a follower and disciple of Jesus.

This response of Jesus, “If you’ve seen me..” seems to be key to our present-day following of Jesus. This is perhaps why the Church was cautious when the Charismatic movement first got started back in the late 60’s. There’s always the tendency to go for the spectacular and become a “miracle follower” rather than a “follower of Jesus.”

We see this same thing happening when news of some “miracle” - the face of Jesus appearing on a tortilla or a host or statue that appears to bleed. That’s when Jesus’ words, “If you have seen me…” are so important to us. That’s why we have to ask ourselves, “How have I seen Jesus?” And what am I looking for when I come before Him?

When Jesus appeared to various followers after His resurrection He repeatedly told them, “Don’t cling to me … but go out and proclaim…”

So, once again, we are reminded to be “apostles” – one’s who are sent and – like the apostles on the road to Emmaus – we will see Him in the breaking of the bread (our daily litugies) and it’s in this context that He opens our minds to grasp that “He and the Father are one.” No spectacular fire works. Just the simple reality of Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist. “Just say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

That’s enough for me! Amen


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