Friday 3 May 2024

About Today Readings

Ss Philip & James. Day of penance. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. Their message goes out through all the earth – Psalm 18(19):2-5. John 14:6-14.

To have seen me is to have seen the Father

Today’s Psalm is just what we need as we draw near to the great feast of Pentecost. It says that ‘the heavens proclaim the glory of God.’ Indeed, the more we learn about the universe the more breathtaking it is. The James Webb telescope has been able to ‘see’ light that began its journey some 13.5 billion, yes billion, years ago, not too long after the origin of the universe. Psalm 18 says of the heavens, ‘no speech, no word, no voice is heard.’ Creation is mysterious and wonderful. It keeps defying our attempts to explain it. Then we move from that perspective to the Gospel where Philip pleads to see the Father. His humble friend Jesus, a gentle and compassionate man who grew up in a workshop in a dusty town, says ‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father.’ We don’t have to look far into the distance for the way, the truth and the life.

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