Today is the Feast of Saints Philip and James. They were both Apostles. Philip was from Bethsaida, and a fisherman. This James (there were two Apostles by that name) was a cousin of Jesus and is referred to as James the Lesser – not because he was less important that James the son of Zebedee, but because he is mentioned after the other James in the listing of the Apostles. James was the first bishop of Jerusalem.
Today’s first reading is from 1 Corinthians 15 because James is mentioned in it. St. Paul says that, after the resurrection, Jesus “appeared to James, then to all the Apostles.” In the Gospel reading from John 14, Philip appears to have a “Duh” moment. He says to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus replies with a series of questions, beginning with, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?”
Now, this may not have been a true “Duh” moment, but I’ll bet Philip felt like it after Jesus’ response. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Do you still not get it?” I don’t know about you, but when it comes to understand God’s will, I have more “Duh” moments than I care to think about. So often, I still don’t get it. I’m just glad God is so patient and kind and loving!
Father, I don’t get it. Duh! Please be patient and lead and guide me along the right path. Amen.
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