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May 3, 2016

Sts. Philip and James

Jn 14: 6-14

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 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.

Real Help

“Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?” What must Philip have been thinking when Jesus said those words? Was he embarrassed for being singled out? Did Phillip’s face get red? Did he begin to sweat? Did his eyes fill up from all the confusion? The Gospel writers do not tell us. We only know how Jesus responded. Jesus says, “Phillip, I have help from my Father.” That is to say, Jesus could not do it on his own. Jesus needed help.

These words should be consoling to anyone who claims to follow Christ. You do not need to do it on your own. In fact, you need help. How do those words sound to you? Are they comforting or challenging? Are they a relief or a restriction? Can you allow others to help you, as Christ allowed?

—Patrick Hyland, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Chicago-Detroit province, is studying philosophy at St. Louis University. He lives at the Bellarmine House of Studies.

Prayer

Lord, when we rest in you, life regains perspective. Teach us to be in your presence.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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May 3, 2016

Sts. Philip and James

Jn 14: 6-14

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 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.

Real Help

“Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?” What must Philip have been thinking when Jesus said those words? Was he embarrassed for being singled out? Did Phillip’s face get red? Did he begin to sweat? Did his eyes fill up from all the confusion? The Gospel writers do not tell us. We only know how Jesus responded. Jesus says, “Phillip, I have help from my Father.” That is to say, Jesus could not do it on his own. Jesus needed help.

These words should be consoling to anyone who claims to follow Christ. You do not need to do it on your own. In fact, you need help. How do those words sound to you? Are they comforting or challenging? Are they a relief or a restriction? Can you allow others to help you, as Christ allowed?

—Patrick Hyland, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Chicago-Detroit province, is studying philosophy at St. Louis University. He lives at the Bellarmine House of Studies.

Prayer

Lord, when we rest in you, life regains perspective. Teach us to be in your presence.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!