“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

As it happens, yesterday’s reading (Jn 14:7-14) was nearly the same as Thursday’s reading (because of the feast day).  Remember that in this passage Philip says that the apostles want to see the Father and Jesus responds that He and the Father are in each other and that the works the Son has done are from the Father.  Believers in Jesus are promised to do even greater works and that their prayers will surely be answered.  For this post let us focus on Philip’s words (at top) specifically.  Philip has been with Jesus throughout His public ministry, but wants even more: some other indication of Jesus’ power and authority.  While seemingly disappointed in Philip for not recognizing the works of God in all that he has heard and seen, Jesus does not get upset.  He simply reinforces what Philip and all His followers should have picked up already: that He is the way to the Father and that what He does is from the Father.  Isn’t this the way it is with us sometimes?  As many blessings as we have received, we still would like some overt sign of Jesus’ working in our lives  (“Just do this, or show me that, and I’ll believe”).  Sometimes this is granted in a supernatural way.  But if it is not, and our faith is tested, this should not be considered a bad thing, but rather an exercise to make us stronger in trust.  We are blessed, though, that in a special way, through the eyes of faith, we do see the Son, and thus the Father, in the Holy Eucharist.  If we are ever tempted to ask the question Philip asked, simply find an adoration chapel, or any open church, and there we can see Jesus, be with Jesus, in a special way.  Here we can cry, like the father of the demoniac, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” (Mk 9:24) and it will be granted.

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