May 3, 2017
Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
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 him,
“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. Justin G. Gatus)
When I came home from the live-in vocation discernment seminar two years ago, at Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, I felt really small compared with the life and vocation stories of my fellow searchers, they already achieved so much in life. Prior to entering the seminary, I felt that I was really called in the life of priesthood. I felt very much qualified and I felt a bit proud about it although I kept it to myself. But after having the discernment seminar, I really can’t help but feel inferior and small. Then, when I was already accepted in the seminary and I had the opportunity to meet my batchmates, I realized through my prayers, that we all have our own giftedness and blessedness. They have skills that I don’t have and vice-versa. Then I’ve come to realize that I was asking God to give me the skills and giftedness, but I failed to see my own blessedness and giftedness. This is what I call my “Philip Moment”—whenever I ask God to give me something, and I fail to recognize that I have everything all along. That with Him and through Him, I have everything that I need in life.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that to have Him is already enough for us. Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father and that will be enough for them. But Jesus replied, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me?” There are times when we have these what I call “Philip Moments”, the moments wherein we ask God of something but we fail to realize that we have everything in Jesus. If we have Him in our lives, we don’t need anything. Sometimes, I have this tendency to want something but after praying to God, I’ve come to the decision of not having it instead because He lets me see clearly the gifts He has given me that I often fail to notice because of my anxieties and fear. The invitation for us is to just trust in his providence and abundance. With that, we won’t need much anymore.