FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MAY 1, 2021
EASTER SATURDAY 4
WORD of the DAY
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.” (John 14: 7-14)
How shall I live this Word?
I have been with you for a long time and you still do not know me, Philip? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say: Show us the Father?” It also happens to us to live with someone and not know them! This is exactly what happens to Philip. Jesus added: ” Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?” But Philip continues in another direction and asks Jesus to show him the face of the Father. He is so concentrated on his desire for Him that he does not know how to look at Jesus and discover the face of the Father in Him. We too are like Philip! Sometimes our desires have to wait because of our perspective and these limit the possibility of having an objective vision or perception of reality. Certainly here we are faced with a great event that goes much further: looking at Jesus in His Mystery of being One with the Father. Jesus accompanies Philip and each of us to the understanding of this Mystery and affirms: “I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If nothing else, believe because of the works themselves” and He adds: ” whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” It is in a dimension of faith that we can enter this great Mystery. This is confirmed by the lives of the saints who bear witness to having done great works for the Kingdom of God!
Lord Jesus, I believe, but increase my faith.
The Voice of René Voillaume
If we want to enter into true prayer, the one that obtains everything, we must detach ourselves from all our interests in order to see only God alone.
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