The Word Today: May 3, 2011

1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-8

Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, of the Good News that I preached to you and which you received and on which you stand firm. By that Gospel you are saved, provided that you hold to it as I preached it. Otherwise, you will have believed in vain. In the first place, I have passed on to you what I myself received: that Christ died for our sins, as Scripture says; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve. Afterwards he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters together; most of them are still alive, although some have already gone to rest. Then he appeared to James and after that to all the apostles. And last of all, he appeared to the most despicable of them, this is to me.

JOHN 14:6-14

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.

REFLECTION

Philip’s discipleship started when he first met Jesus who told him, “Follow me” (Jn 1:43). He then called on his friend, Nathaniel, to meet Jesus who replied, “Can any thing good come from Nazareth?” But to this Philip said, “Come and see” (Jn 1:46). Thus, his apostolate began. It would end with his martyrdom by crucifixion in Asia Minor.

In today’s Gospel, Philip says, “Lord, let us see the Father and we shall be satisfied.” This he said after three years of being a friend and disciple of Jesus, just before the last supper. Jesus affectionately chides him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?”

If the apostles who had shared meals with Jesus, heard him speak and seen him do his work could not fully grasp that they were actually in God’s presence, how much more we, who live by faith alone? Jesus knows our human weaknesses but calls on our sensitivity to his presence in every moment of our lives. We must recognize him in the Holy Eucharist, where we exclaim, “My Lord and my God” as Thomas did (Jn 20:28). Let us also, together with James and Philip, begin our apostolate by leading our relatives, friends, acquaintances and clients to “come and see” Jesus.

The Word Today is an apostolate of the laity, priests, and friends of Mary the Queen Parish. (Madison, West Greenhills, San Juan, Philippines, http://www.marythequeen.org)

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