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Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter, year’ B’ Samedi de la 4ieme semaine de Pâques

’Philip said to Jesus, Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied’.

Ac. 13, 44-52 Ps. 97 Jn. 14, 7-14

Saturday of 4th Week of Easter 23rd April 2016

’Philip said to Jesus : ’Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough.’

Ac.13,44-52 Ps.97 Jn.14,7-14

“If you know me, you will know my Father, too. From this moment you know him and have seen him. Philip said, ’Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied’. Jesus said to him, ’Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?’ Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say ’Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?”

We are invited to recognise in Jesus’ Love the Father who reveals Himself to us. ’To see’ the Father is to discover God as the origin, as life bursting forth, as generosity, as a gift that endlessly renews all things.

Every person bears in them the deep desire to return to God, to find the House of the Father again and to dwell in it for ever. This is where all the goods we desire are : life, light, love, peace. We need to discover what in our daily life is divine and find the print of God in everything that surrounds us.

Jesus opens up for us a way to be close to the Father. ’I do nothing unless the Father Himself does it .’ Philip opens up the way, but he is like us - he doesn’t understand.

"What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord : it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me ; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works.’

Jesus has us catch a glimpse of the intimacy between Himself and the Father, an intimacy which runs so deep :

’I am in the Father and the Father is in me.’

All that the Father wants us to accomplish in our favour, He does it through his Son. To believe in the Son allows us to have ’free access to the Father’.

We are invited to know Jesus through the sacraments in an intimate way and in particular the Eucharist, attentive reading of the word, through our prayer that must become a true dialogue of Love with Him.

The first work of God, the most marvellous one is his mother Mary! In Mary, Jesus provokes a new Love which will be given back to the Church and in the whole of humanity. When the Church proclaims Mary as ’immaculate’ in her conception, she announces that she is the fruit of the Cross of Jesus, she is his work. The Father brought about his masterpiece in Mary so as to reveal his face of tenderness. The mystery of the Incarnation is God’s mystery which takes on a human face. God takes on for us the face of a child, of the person who is in agony, the face of humanity in a state of suffering.

“In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, and will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

God is my Father, He watches over me and doesn’t wish anything bad for me. We can commend ourselves to Him in the same way as we can with Mary.

A humble and faithful faith in Jesus has us follow him and obey him, He establishes us in the mystery of His benevolence and Mercy. This faith allows the Father to continue through us the work of grace He began in Jesus : ’Whoever believes in me will accomplish the same works as me.’

Mary becomes this ’womb’ of the Woman where God ’engenders’ his Son in the Holy Spirit. This mystery of Love is given to us in Mary who allowed himself to be invaded by the Infinite Love of God. We are introduced into the greatness of God’s Love.

With Mary, we announce this Love to the whole of humanity. In giving the gift of Jesus to Mary, the Father introduces Mary into new relationships of Love. In fact, for Mary, entering into relationship in faith with Jesus, the beloved child of the Father, is to touch the Father’s Heart.

We ask for the grace to let ourselves be taken up in the fathomless mystery of God’s infinite Love.

SATURDAY of the 4th WEEK of EASTER

“’ If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him. Philip said, ’ Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied’. Jesus said to him, ’Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?’”

We are invited to recognise in Jesus the Father who reveals himself to us.To see the Father in Jesus is to discover God as the origin of all things, of this life bursting forth, one that is so generous, given as a gift to renew all things endlessly. Saint Ignace of Antioch said, ’In me there are living waters which murmur within me ’Come to the Father!’ Jesus opens up a way for us to go to the Father :-

’Who sees me, sees the Father.’ : ’ I am in the Father and the Father is in me, you must believe when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works.’

For sure, the works Jesus accomplishes are miraculous and his actions, his Words, are the fruit of the Eternal Generation of the Father, that of the Mystery of His Infinite Love. We are introduced into God’s work of Love in His Heart : ’God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.’ The Only Son is relative to the Father; all the Words Jesus speaks come from the Father :’I do only what the Father does.’ If Philip opens up the way, he is like us, he doesn’t understand.

“’What I say to you, I do not speak of my own accord : it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works.’”

We are invited to come to an intimate knowledge of Jesus through the Sacraments, particularly through the Eucharist, through an attentive reading of the Word of God, through our personnel prayer which is called to become a true, loving dialogue with God our Father.

’Jesus, show us your Face, for we need to discover it so as to find the print of God’s Face on our own.“Jesus’ first work, the most marvelous one, is that of Mary, his Mother! Jesus brings about a new love in Mary, one that will be”reproduced “in the Church and throughout the whole of humanity. At the foot of the Cross, Mary recognizes the work of Jesus, He has an Infinite Love for her Immaculate Conception. When the Church proclaims Mary ’Immaculate’ in her conception, she announces that it is the fruit of the Cross of Jesus. The first fruit of the Cross of Jesus is Mary. This is his Work. The Father brought about His Masterpiece in Mary, so as to reveal to us His Face of Tenderness. The Mystery of the Incarnation is that of God taking on a human face. God takes on for us a child’s countenance, and that of someone in agony, he becomes the face of human suffering.”In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, and will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.“With a humble faith we follow Jesus humbly , in obedience. He establishes us in a mysterious ,but real ,contact with God’s very own Mystery, so Benevolent and Merciful. Having this faith, the Father can continue to work through us with the grace He initiated in His Son Jesus : ’Whoever believes in me will perform the same works I do myself.” We are introduced into the Tenderness and into the Mercy of God, into that place where the primate is given to relationships. The Father and Jesus are One. Mary becomes this ’womb’ of the Woman, where God ’engenders’ His Son in the Holy Spirit. This mystery of Love is given to us in Mary who let herself be invaded by God’s Infinite Love. We are introduced into the greatness of God’s Love. Jesus provokes humanity so we can be re-clothed in His Love. After, and with Mary, we announce this Love to the whole of humanity. In making the gift of Jesus to Mary, the Father introduces Mary into new relationships of Love. Indeed, as far as Mary is concerned, to enter into relationship with Jesus the beloved Child of the Father is, in faith, to touch the very Heart of God.

Let us ask for the grace to allow ourselves to be taken up into this unfathomable Mystery of the Infinite Love of God.