Friday 3 May 2019
SS PHILIP AND JAMES. DAY OF PENANCE.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8. Psalm 18(19):2-5. John 14:6-14.
Their message goes out through all the earth – Psalm 18(19):2-5.
‘Lord, show us the Father.’
It is easy to sympathise with Philip’s request. The mystery of the Incarnation confronts us with a face of God that is contrary to many popular images. There are no bright lights and heavenly choirs. Instead we see a man like us.
Jesus reveals to us the desire of the Father to enter into our human predicament. In doing so, he touches those areas of our lives that we prefer to keep hidden. These are our areas of darkness and desolation, weakness and sin, the areas which most need the saving presence of God.
The repeated language of indwelling that John employs is an attempt to convey the depth of the intimacy that the Father and Son both share and offer us through the Spirit. The invitation is to live in union with the tripersonal God of love and reciprocity, the source of all dance and song.