Reflection on John 14:7-14 ~
After nearly five decades of casual belief, the truth is that miles into a forest walk I challenged divinity shouting “Jesus, show yourself”! Falling to my knees, certainties deep impression gently called to do as Christ would do. Over time, divinity challenged back, confirming that to believe that works “greater than these” were possible, so that the indwelling Son can glorify the Father. When we ask Christ for anything, we become not just witnesses, but participants.
Address to Saint Philip, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 14 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus the Way to the Father
If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 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’? 10 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. 11 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. 12 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. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Reflection on John 14:7-14.