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.
Introductory 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 action.
Petition: Christ, help
me to know you and love you more each day.
- 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).
Show 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.
- 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 in others.