Saturday 4th Week of Easter
The only way we can get to know something
that someone knows
is if they communicated to us in some way.
God the Father wants us to know him
and to love him in a very personal way.
And the way he chose to do this
was for his Word of Life
to become one of us through
the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We cannot know God
or, comprehend any of his mysteries
just by our mere human intelligence
without his direct action on our soul.
It would be like trying to make a dog or cat
understand the concept of medicine or architecture.
And yet, God found a way for us
to penetrate the mysteries of our Catholic faith
not by understanding alone but by LIVING those mysteries.
Jesus was alarmed that Philip did not KNOW or SEE his Father in him!
“Philip, I have been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me?”
Surely Philip knew Jesus.
He could point him out in a crowd.
So what was Jesus talking about?
Philip could not know or see God the Father
in his Son, Jesus
because Philip had not yet experienced
the depth of the love that Jesus had for him.
But that experience did come for Philip and all the disciples.
Think of this, my friends:
Before Jesus death and resurrection
the disciples could not give their life for Jesus.
After his death and resurrection
and the sending of his Holy Spirit
they all died a martyr’s death.
So what is the difference?
They experienced the love that Jesus had for them
through their sorrow and tears of having abandoned him
when he needed them the most
during his Passion.
When they experienced his loving mercy
something wonderful changed in their hearts.
For the first time in their lives, they could think, breathe,
and live not for themselves but for Jesus.
They wanted to love each other as Jesus loved them,
to be in communion with someone
whatever anyone did or did not do to them.
This is what Jesus means by,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
My dear friends,
forgiveness and mercy towards another
makes our hearts more like Jesus own heart
then anything else we could do.
When I have a difficult time doing this
I ask Jesus to pray through me
what he prayed on the cross,
“Father forgive them,
for they do not know what they are doing.”