May 17, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 14:7-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to Jesus,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
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 speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

Reflection (Sem. Enrico Terrel):

     In the Gospel narrative, Jesus Christ addresses His disciples during the Last Supper. He speaks to His disciples as a man who is about to leave His beloved. According to the Commentary on the Gospel and Epistles of John by Raymond Brown, SS, he describes Jesus as someone who speaks ‘both as still in this world and as having left it.’ This truth is evident in the lengthy yet meaningful teaching that He gave to His friends. He speaks to His troubled friends that He and His Father are one. Brown adds that “Jesus explains that He is the way to the Father because He is the incarnate truth about the Father and gives life from above to human beings. He is the sole source of knowledge about the Father.”

     As human beings, we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Moreover, with our reception of the Sacrament of Baptism, we are the adopted sons of God our Father and we have Jesus Christ as our brother. Given this truth, we ought to live in imitation of Christ. We ought to live in such a way that our minds and hearts are aligned with God’s. However, it is good to ask ourselves: How much do we know about God our Father and about Jesus Christ? How much interest do we have in reading the Holy Scriptures and pondering God’s word for us? Do we make the effort in terms of understanding the teachings of our Christian faith? How much importance do we give to our prayer life? How is our disposition every time we attend the Eucharistic Celebration?

     Regardless of our standing before God, whether we are struggling with our living out the faith or we are progressing as Christians, we are always invited by God to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him. We can never deny this particular calling because God created us with love, in love and for love. To commune with Him is given in our very nature. Nevertheless, God is so good and loving that He never imposes Himself on us. Rather, He respects our freedom. He recognizes the truth that we can say “yes” or we can say “no” to Him. However, we will be accountable to Him in the end of our lives particularly when we come face to face with Him. We exist because of God’s love. But, He will surely ask us in the end if we have responded in knowing, loving and serving Him.

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