Slow on the Uptake

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Today is the Feast of Saints Philip and James. Philip and James were two the the Apostles. The first reading today is from 1 Corinthians 15, where St. Paul mentions that Jesus appeared to James.

The Gospel reading today is from John 14, where Philip says to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus (a bit perturbed, I think) says to Philip, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?” Ouch…

Do you still not know me? I can hear those words coming from Jesus directed right at me. Can you? I couldn’t blame the Lord at all if He got perturbed and frustrated with me. I’ve been doing this Christian thing for some time now, and it still seems I’m not very good at it. Seems I’m a bit slow on the uptake. Good thing Jesus is patient and kind and loving. He reminds me of my wife – after all these years He still puts up with me! Thank you, Jesus!

Father, you know how slow on the uptake we can be. Thank you for your patience and kindness and mercy. We’re working on it! Amen.

Today’s Readings

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