April 23, 2016
Saturday of the fourth Week after Easter
The good news for the Day
Jesus said to the people learning from Him: “If you know me at all, then you will know my Father, too. From now on you actually know him; you have seen him already.” Philip said to Jesus, “You are in charge. Show us this ‘Father’—and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for such a long time—and you still do not know me that well, Philip? Anyone who has really seen me has seen the Father. How can you ask, ‘Show us the “Father”’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? (John 14, 7-10a)
“I am in the Father”—what exactly does Jesus mean. Like a life seed is inside a corn kernel? Like a baby in the womb? Like a diamond in the ground? Clearly, this poetic image is trying to tell you something elusive, but something you need to keep reminding yourself of.
The idea, at first, is just to think doctrine—“The Second Person of the Trinity,” the far-too familiar belief in Father-Son-Holy Ghost-one God–doctrine. That may be the starting point, but the truth seems much, much more practical, real and challenging. You are being asked not to consider the Jesus of history—the “televisable” Jesus—but the person you believe in. In addressing these words to you—here is for you—THE Good News.
The Father is YOUR Father-Creator—the maker of your world, the caring and constant source of everything around you. Jesus says he is “in” that world of yours, in the cuddling arms of that loving—in this same world. If you “see” Him in this world, you see our common “originator,” the Father-creator. Where do you find Jesus in this Father’s world you inhabit?
Jesus is your family, your brothers and sisters, living persons who visit you and need you, people with whom you exchange love. Once you see everyone as your brothers & sisters—you see what Creation is all about!