Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him, and you have seen him.”
Philip asked him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough.” Jesus said to him, “What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever sees me sees 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?
All that I say to you, I do not say of myself. The Father who dwells in me is doing his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; at least believe it on the evidence of these works that I do.
Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these, for I am going to the Father. Everything you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Indeed, anything you ask, calling upon my name, I will do it.
Through the lens of a microscope it is possible to explore the world of the very small (germs, microbes, cells, DNA molecules, etc.). And through the lens of a telescope it is possible to explore the immensity of outer space (planets, stars, galaxies, black holes, etc.). Lenses thus open up for us worlds that otherwise would remain forever unknown.
God is the Great Unknown. Of him we cannot form a positive, adequate concept. We can only pronounce negative judgments about him: that he is infinitely this or that, but we do not really understand anything infinite because our own minds are themselves finite.
Fortunately, the Great Unknown has sent us his very Son to make himself known through him. Jesus of Nazareth is the divine lens who opens for us the world of God. In today’s gospel reading Jesus says: “Whoever sees me sees the Father”. When we look at Jesus, we are given a unique view into the very depths of God. We should make it our life mission to become more and more intimate with Jesus, our unique lens opening for us the world of God. Any study of Jesus is immensely rewarding.
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