Saturday - Easter Time
1) Opening prayer
Lord our God,
we praise and thank you on the feast
of your apostles Philip and James.
Through them many have come to know
that Jesus is alive and risen.
May we too be good witnesses
to the risen Jesus
by the way we live his risen life,
even though we are flawed and weak,
that people may find through us
the way to the Father of Jesus our Lord.
Reading - John 14,6-14
Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No
one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my
Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.
'Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.' Jesus said to him,
'Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?
'Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, "Show us
the Father"? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is
What I say to
you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is
doing his works. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the
Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works. In all
truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do
myself, and will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.
ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If
you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Gospel, the Feast of the Apostles Philip and James, is the same one as we
meditated on during the 4th week of Easter, and narrates the request
of the Apostle Philip to Jesus: “Show us the Father, and that is enough for
• John 14, 6: I
am the way, I am Truth and Life: Thomas had addressed a question to Jesus:
“Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (Jn 14,
5). Jesus answers: “I am the way, I am Truth and Life. No one can come to
the Father except through me”. Three important words. Without the way, we
cannot walk. Without the truth one cannot make a good choice. Without life,
there is only death! Jesus explains the sense. He is the way, because no one
“comes to the Father except through me”. And he is the gate through which the
sheep go in and out (Jn 10, 9). Jesus is the Truth because looking at him, we
are seeing the image of the Father. “If you know me, you will know my Father
too!” Jesus is Life, because walking like Jesus we will be united to the Father
and will have life in us!
• John 14, 7: To
know Jesus is to know the Father. Thomas had asked: “Lord, we do not
know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus answers: “I am the
way, I am Truth and Life! No one comes to the Father except through me”. And
he adds: “If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this moment you
have known him and have seen him”. This is the first phrase of today’s
Gospel. Jesus always speaks about the Father, because it was the life of the
Father that appeared in everything that he said and did. This continuous
reference to the Father causes Philip to ask the question.
• John 14, 8-11: Philip asks: “Show us the Father and then we will be satisfied!” It
was the desire of the disciples, the desire of many persons of the communities
of the Beloved Disciple and it is the desire of many people today. What do
people do to see the Father of whom Jesus speaks so much? Jesus’ answer is very
beautiful and it is valid even today: “Have I been with you all this time,
Philip, and you still do not know me? Anyone who has seen me has seen the
Father!” People should not think that God is far away from us, at a
distance and unknown. Anyone who wants to know how and who is God the Father,
it suffices for him to look at Jesus. He has revealed him in the words and
gestures of his life! “The Father is in me and I am in the Father!” Through his
obedience, Jesus has totally identified himself with the Father. At every
moment he did what the Father told him to do (Jn 5, 30; 8, 28-29.38). This
is why in Jesus, everything is the revelation of the Father! And the signs or
works are the works of the Father! As people say: “The son is the face of the
father!” This is why in Jesus and for Jesus, God is in our midst.
• John 14,
12-14: The Promise of Jesus. Jesus makes a promise to say that his
intimacy with the Father is not a privilege only for him, but it is possible
for all those who believe in him. We also, through Jesus, can be able to do
beautiful things for others as Jesus did for the people of his time. He
intercedes for us. Everything that people ask from him, he asks the Father and
obtains it, always if it is to serve. Jesus is our defender. He leaves but he
does not leave us without defence. He promises that he will ask the Father and
the Father will send another defender and consoler, the Holy Spirit. Jesus even
said that it is necessary that he leaves, because otherwise the Holy Spirit
will not come (Jn 16, 7). And the Holy Spirit will fulfil the things of Jesus
in us, if we act in the name of Jesus and observe the great commandment of the
practice of love.
• Jesus is the
way, the Truth and the Life. Without the way, without Truth and without life we
cannot live. Try to make this enter your conscience.
• Two important
questions: who is Jesus for me? Who am I for Jesus?
5) Concluding Prayer
declare the glory of God,
the vault of
heaven proclaims his handiwork,
of it to day,
night to night
hands on the knowledge. (Ps 19,1-2)