The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Philip’s discipleship started when he first met Jesus who told him,
“Follow me.” (Jn 1:43). He then called on his friend, Nathaniel, to
meet Jesus who replied, “Can any thing good come from Nazareth?” But
to this Philip said, “Come and see” (Jn 1:46). Thus his apostolate
began, until he is martyred by crucifixion in Asia Minor.

In today’s Gospel, Philip says, “Lord, let us see the Father and we
shall be satisfied.” This he said after three years of being a friend
and disciple of Jesus, just before the last supper. Jesus
affectionately chides him, “Have I been with you all this time,
Philip, and you still do not know me?”

If the apostles who had shared meals with Jesus, heard him speak and
seen him do his work could not fully grasp that they were actually in
God’s presence, how much more we, who live by faith alone? Jesus knows
our human weaknesses but calls on our sensitivity to his presence in
every moment of our lives. We must recognize him in the Holy
Eucharist, where we exclaim, “My Lord and my God” as Thomas did (Jn
20:28). Let us also, together with James and Philip, begin our
apostolate by leading our relatives, friends, acquaintances and
clients to “come and see” Jesus.

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