Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 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 it.”
In today's Gospel reading, we revisit Jesus' words to the apostles at the Last Supper. Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me." He said this in response to Thomas' question earlier. Jesus told the apostles that He would have to leave them soon, but they did not understand. Philip also asked Jesus to show them the Father. We could tell Jesus' disappointment from His reply. He asked them to believe that: He is in the Father, and the Father is in Him. The reason why the Son of God became man is so that we can come to know the Father through Him.
Today is the feast of Sts. Philip and James. Based on the Gospel,
we might not think they were any different from us. But it's precisely through them and the other apostles that the Gospel of Jesus spread throughout the world. As Catholics, we share the same call to preach the message that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We have many weaknesses, but as St. Paul says: "for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor 12:10) Through Christ, and with Christ, together with the intercession of Our Lady and all angels and saints, we will find the strength to do the will of God, to spread the Gospel far and wide.