“Master show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Philip’s words may cause us to smile or even scratch our heads, wondering what he was thinking. Christ’s answer may be tinged with frustration and even sorrow. “Have I been with you for so long, and you still do not understand?”
Before we become too harsh in criticizing the apostle, perhaps we need to reflect on the same thing? Making bargains in our prayer—if you do this for me, I will do this for you. If you can just give me a sign that You are guiding me, with me, loving me, that will bring certainty to my faith in You. As human beings, we never seem to have enough certainty, and we fail to understand that trusting deeply in God is a life-long process. And so, we keep asking to show us the Father. So often, we fail to see what is right in front of us and all around us—the wonderful revelation of the Father in creation, in one another, in the poor and oppressed, and as 1 Corinthians reminds us today, even in death.
As we celebrate the lives of Saints Philip and James, we are given hope that even though they made mistakes and so often did not understand, Jesus calls them to belief and to action. He promises that they will do even greater works than He did. The same is true for us. We are called to belief and action not because we are worthy but because God loves and sustains us.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard reminds us that we take communion to become holy, not because we already are. As I look about my life today, what are the works the Lord is inviting me to do that others may know the Father’s love?
Let us pray:
Let us humbly ask, Lord, show us the works You would have us do today and give us trust in Your promise to grant what we ask. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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