Gospel: John 14:7-14
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.
“Whoever sees me sees the Father.”
Jesus is the revelation of the Father. He makes the Father vi- sible to us. Whatever Jesus says and does comes from the Father. Jesus represents the Father. If we know Jesus very well, we will also know the Father.
Jesus reminds his disciples, especially Philip, when they de- mand that he makes known the Father to them, that it is not ne- cessary to do so. They have been following him all the time. By now, they should have figured out who the Father is through his teachings and actuations.
Jesus reminds us not to separate him from the Father. Extreme devotion to the Father can make Jesus disappear in our lives. This happens when we do not anymore care to read the Gospel or listen to it. We do not take seriously listening to the homilies of the priests which should teach us how to apply God’s Words concretely into our daily lives.
Jesus reminds us of the im- portance of our belief in him. We are called Christians because we believe we come to know and love God more when we believe in his Son.
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