Father John Bullock, LC
John 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.
Prayer: Christ, I thank you for the gift of
faith. You know that I believe, but I want
my faith to grow. In knowing you I find
meaning, rest and strength. I need you, Lord. I trust
in your loving mercy. You know what I need
the most today. All I ask is that you remain
at my side throughout this day. That is enough
for me. I want to spend this day making you
happy, pleasing you with my every thought, word and
Petition: Christ, help me to know you and love
you more each day.
1. I Am the Way, the Truth
and the Life: “I am the way, the truth
and the life.” Christ is the answer to our problems.
Since he is fully God and fully man, his
very reality unites humanity to God in a way
never before hoped. It is in following Christ that we
find our way. It is in believing in Christ
that we discover truth. It is in accepting Christ that
we gain life. Christians don’t simply follow a set
of rules or believe in some doctrines, we follow
a person: Christ. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote, Christ’s
“doctrine was himself” (Life of Christ, p. 153).
Us the Father: “Seeing is believing”, the saying goes.
Yet this seems to go contrary to the faith. Didn’t
Christ tell “doubting” Thomas, “Blessed are those who have
not seen and yet have come to believe” (John
20:29)? Here again, Christ seems to be chiding Philip for
wanting to see. However, Christ isn’t correcting Philip for
wanting to see; rather, he didn’t see in Christ
what he was supposed to: “Whoever has seen me has
seen the Father.” At the core of the doctrine
of the Incarnation is that now the “face” of
God is made visible in the person of Christ. Answering
the man born blind whom he had just healed
when asked who the Son of Man is, Christ said,
“You have seen him” (John 9:37). The Second Council
of Nicaea, in the year 787, reaffirmed against the
iconoclasts the validity of using sacred images, linking religious
pictures and art to the Incarnation (cf. Catechism of the
Catholic Church, 476). Man has a need to see
God, and the Incarnation was God’s response.
3. Believe Because
of the Works: Christ helps Philip’s faith by pointing
to the works he has done. The faith cannot be
proven in an empirical sense, but there can be
many signs which assist our reason in that act
of faith. Christ’s miracles, his moral stature, his words
and ultimately his resurrection are strong arguments in favor of
the faith. Nevertheless we must still decide to believe.
Once we decide, then even greater works than Christ
performed in his earthly life can be worked through us.
Don’t wait to understand everything to believe, rather believe
and you will begin to understand.
Christ: Lord, let me see your face in prayer, in
the Eucharist and in my neighbor. Be my way,
my truth and my life. Be my model, my
point of reference and my strength. Without you I can
do nothing; with you I can do all things.
Resolution: I will do a conscious act of charity
for my neighbor, making an effort to see Christ