(Jn 14, 7-14)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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 Jesus,
“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.”
What Philip was asking borders on the extraordinary. For in the mentality of the Jews, no one sees the face of God and live. Yet here now in our gospel is Philip having the temerity to request Jesus to show them the Father. This shows the success of Jesus, by His words and actions, in changing the mindset of His disciples. The Father is not a remote, inaccessible and stern God who can only be approached in holy terror, but a loving and doting Father who revels in sharing His love to His creatures.
Yet this same Philip have missed a truth that has always been there. This Master who relates lovingly to the Father is the actual human face of the Father. Thus to see Jesus is to see the real Father. Jesus and the Father indwells in each other. This substantive unity while preserving the Person of each other attests to the tremendous power of love. It unites without dissolving one to the other. And so Philip has actually seen the Father in Jesus Christ. But he has to be made aware of this. Another mystery has been revealed to the Apostles that day. Jesus gently initiates them into the fullness of the mystery of His life.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF
Lord, tell me to live Your will to make You appear in me. What Good God, teach me to do, to be a good example, reflect faithfully about God.
May I meet the Lord through Mass, through daily prayers, so that my life will be submerged in the light of the Lord and radiate this light to my brothers. Amen.