If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? 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 say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today’s gospel continues lines from Jesus’ words to his apostles (and to us) at the Last Supper.
Can we take time to read Jesus’ words slowly…to let them sink deep into our souls?
Jesus tells us that anyone “who has faith in me will do the works I do.” Do I actually believe that I can speak Jesus’ words and adopt his outlook among those I live with, those I will meet today, even those I have a hard time with? Going further, do I really believe that Jesus will accomplish in my own life “anything that I ask” in his name?
Take some leisure time this weekend to ponder just what Easter gifts Jesus is trying to percolate in your heart. What are the Lord’s deepest desires for me (and for my family / for those I live with) these weeks of Easter? What may I be afraid to ask for?
In what small ways can I open my hands and heart to receive the love and life the Risen Jesus desires to share…with me? …with our family? …with those I meet this weekend?
—the Jesuit prayer team
to the future.
is yet to come!
—Anthony deMello, S.J.