Philip and James, Apostles
1st Reading: 1 Cor 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 Ce-phas 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 ap-peared 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.
Gospel: 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. And everything you ask in calling upon my Name, I will do.”
“I am the way” (to the Father) suggest that there is still a way to go. “I am in the Father and the Father is in me,” suggests that the journey is already completed. Yes, in Christ the journey is completed, but we have forever a way to go. Someone said that the longest journey in the world is the journey from the head to the heart. It is a longer journey still to go into the heart of Christ. We have a long way to go, but all the way to God (it has been said) is God. If we go into the heart of Christ, we will see everything related to the Father.
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