Feast of Saint Philip and James, Apostles

(Jn 14, 6-14)

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
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 speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”


The mystery of our unity is deeper than that which separates us to one another because this is founded on the unity of God who created us. Jesus is united to Father in a level so deep that we are in front of a mystery. We comprehend a portion of it but the greater part is still to be discovered. That is why we only have partial understanding. We could not fault Philip who stumbles and falls in making out the unity of the Father to the Son. He still asked to see the Father whole in front of Him is the human face of the Father in the person of Jesus. This kind of knowledge grows with time. Philip was not yet strong in faith to have this deep knowledge of the unity of the Father and the Son. His journey ahead is still long. Let us not therefore lose patience in our own journey with faith. There are realities so big that even a journey of one life time is not enough to contain it.

Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.


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