First Reading: Cor 15: 1-8/
Psalm: Ps 19: 2-3. 4-5/
Their message goes out through all the earth.
Gospel: Jn 14: 6-14
Tue: Philip and James, aps F
Acts 6: 8-15/ Ps 119: 23-24. 26-27. 29-30/ Jn 6: 22-29
1stReading: Cor 15: 1-8/
1 Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, of the Good News that I preached to you, and which you received, and on which, you stand ﬁ rm. 2 By that gospel, you are saved, provided that you hold to it, as I preached it. Otherwise, you will have believed in vain. 3 In the ﬁrst place, I have passed on to you what I, myself, received: that Christ died for our sins, as Scripture says; 4 that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures; 5 that he appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve. 6 Afterward, he appeared to more than ﬁve hundred brothers and sisters together; most of them are still alive, although some have already gone to rest. 7 Then he appeared to James, and after that, to all the apostles. 8 And last of all, he appeared to the most despicable of them, this is, to me.
Responsorial Psalm; Ps 19: 2-3. 4-5/
2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the ﬁrmament proclaims the work of his hands. 3 Day talks it over with day; night hands on the knowledge to night.
4 No speech, no words, no voice is heard— 5 but the call goes on, throughout the universe, the message is felt to the ends of the earth.
Gospel: Jn 14: 6-14
6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. 7 If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him, and you have seen him.” 8 Philip asked him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough.” 9 Jesus said to him, “What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever sees me sees the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? All that I say to you, I do not say of myself. The Father who dwells in me is doing his own work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; at least believe it on the evidence of these works that I do. 12 Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these, for I am going to the Father. 13 Everything you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be gloriﬁed in the Son. 14 Indeed, anything you ask, calling upon my name, I will do it.
Q & A with Jesus
We must really thank Philip for asking a seemingly foolish question, because his question led to some most profound insights into the intimacy between Jesus and his Father, an intimacy that is offered to us as well; and, as icing on the cake, a blanket promise from Jesus that anything that we ask, calling upon his name, he would do for us! We have other instances in the Gospel as well, wherein the disciples ask some seemingly absurd things, only to receive some precious words or act of Jesus. Sample, for example, Thomas insisting on wanting to see Jesus’ wounds and put his hand on his side (cf. Jn 20:25); or, the disciples asking about whose sins were responsible for the man to be born blind (cf. Jn 9: 2); or, Peter asking if forgiving one’s brother seven times would be good enough (cf. Mt. 18:21). What would be the one (foolish) question you want to ask Jesus today?