SATURDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER MAY 9, 2020
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 14:7-14
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 Jesus, “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 it.”
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.”
The pandemic confusion continues with identifying our friends at mass. If you are fortunate enough to be able to get to Mass, then you are required to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. If you look around, either your glasses are fogging up from breathing with the mask pushing your breath over the lenses, or your friends are sitting too far away in practicing social distancing. Our identity, hidden behind masks, can be questioned as we take precautions to avoid the spread of the virus.
Jesus speaks of His identity in being one with the Father. He conveys a seamless union of two of the persons in the Blessed Trinity. The disciples were learning of this incredible revelation of God the Father existing right before their eyes through the works of Jesus, His spoken words, and the presence of Jesus. This profoundly simple revelation was difficult for them to grasp and understand, because they did not know Him well enough. They still didn’t have full knowledge of the Messiah as being the second person in the Trinity.
How well do we know the mystery of God? The more we learn from Jesus by listening to His Word, being in His presence before the tabernacle, and receiving the Eucharist, the more we understand God the Father and His great love for us. Jesus came to glorify the Father and now we must do the same. We should live to glorify the Father by using Jesus’ name in all we do.