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 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
Introductory Prayer: Father, how empty is the
life that doesn’t know the joy of Jesus your Son.
I have come to this prayer today to know
you and your Son better, to love you more and
to imitate your perfections. Thank you for this time
Petition:Father, help me to be
aware of your presence in my soul.
1. The Father and
Jesus Are One: The liturgy gives us a second
look at this Gospel passage. The great truth that
Jesus is sharing with Philip is that as the Second
Person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus and the Father
are one – they are inseparable. We worship Christ.
We don’t merely honor him as the best of men;
he is the God-man whom we adore. What Jesus
is by nature we are empowered to be by grace.
With our baptism, we became adopted children of God.
Brought into the family of the Trinity, the divine
persons dwell in our soul as in a temple. Do
we realize the dignity we have been given?
the Same Works As Jesus: Herein lies the possibility
of doing the works of Jesus. If he lives
in us, he can work through us. What an
opportunity to cooperate with grace! When we are loving, kind
and disciplined, we aren’t merely being good. These good
deeds are more than just good; they have an
eternal value. After all, they are the “works of Jesus.”
We receive the reward for his works. Such is
the generosity of the Master whom we serve!
3. Ask and
You Shall Receive: The name of Jesus is powerful.
He commands us to ask in his name for
the things we need so that in granting them to
us, the Father may be glorified. When we kneel
before the tabernacle, we must approach the Lord with
total and absolute confidence. He knows that our faith will
grow when we experience his power in action: “Ask
and you shall receive!” (Matthew 7:7-9).
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, what a consoling thought is it that the
Holy Trinity dwells in my soul. I am a
child of God! Help me to do the works of
God! I ask this in your name.
Because God dwells in my soul I will try
to treat others as he would treat them.