If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Four weeks ago today we celebrated the Easter Vigil with its elements of the new fire, the baptismal water, the welcome of new catechumens to our family of faith, and the sharing of the Lord’s Body and Blood in the Easter feast. Joy and hope, renewal and possibility are the hallmarks of this Easter season. Perhaps today offers the chance to do an “instant replay” of our personal and family activities of this past month.
How have I accepted the risen life that Jesus brings? Do others find Easter “joy and hope, renewal and possibility” in my daily interactions? How has Jesus’ invitation to new life stretched my heart and influenced my relationships?
In just three weeks we will celebrate the great feast of Pentecost—the sending of the Holy Spirit to our hearts and homes, to the Church and to our waiting world. What gifts of the Holy Spirit do I especially need this Pentecost 2016?
In what ways might I invite the Holy Spirit to breathe new life and love into my relationships, into our home, into the daily “world” where I live and work and interact? Come, Holy Spirit!
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people. Kindle in us the fire of your enduring love.
Send forth your Holy Spirit, and our hearts will be recreated. Your grace will renew the face of the earth!
—A Traditional Prayer