“Show us the Father”

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
23 April 2016

The first time I read our Gospel today (John 14:7-14), one particular line immediately jumped out from this pericope for me. This is the polite pleading of Philip to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

“Show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” I am certain that this desire of Philip is our wish as well: To see the Father, and all will be enough for us.

This is especially true when we are undergoing trying times. When life which used to be filled with meaning, seems to be empty; when the future appears bleak, and tomorrow is filled with great uncertainty.

In these times, we yearn more to see the Father. and perhaps, just this grace will be enough for us to combat life and its many challenges.

In the Papal indiction of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis tells us that “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.” He did not merely show the face of the Father to us. But His whole life has enabled us to experience the warmth of the love and mercy of the Father.

But it is sad that at times we are preoccupied with a lot of things that we tend not to see Him, or remain insensitive to His presence.

In our first reading (Acts 13:44-52), St. Paul reproaches the Jews by rejecting Jesus. He tells them that they were “to serve as a light to the pagan nations, so that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

But instead, their pride prevented from seeing the Light, and thus, failed in their mission to become light themselves.

Brothers and sisters, we who have seen the Light and experienced its heat are not to keep it for ourselves.

The Mass derives its nomenclature from the very last line spoken by the priest or deacon “Ite missa est,” “the Mass is ended.” But we are commissioned to bring the Good News to others.

Hence, it is sad if we hear those who encountered us remark that “they do not see Jesus in us,” worse still if we hear from them that “they are scandalized by Christians like us.”

We are Christians. We bear the name of Jesus in our lives. Let this be a gentle reminder for us to be prudent enough in our way of relating with others.

May our sharing in His Word and His Body through this Eucharistic celebration make us see His Light so that we may be strengthened our resolve to bring His light to other.

May this simple prayer of Philip become a constant refrain today, and perhaps, better still, if it stays with us for our whole lifetime, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

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