In John’s Gospel, Philip is among the first disciples called by Jesus. At the Last Supper, it was Philip that said, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus replied, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” At another time, Jesus wants to feed the multitudes. He asks Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Philip replies that even 200 days’ wages wouldn’t be enough to feed all of the people. Jesus, then, feeds the people.
James, a relative of Jesus, is among those to whom Paul says the risen Jesus appeared. “…Jesus appeared to more than five hundred people…After that he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.” (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:6-9, from the Alleluia Verse at today’s Mass) SS. Philip and James, pray for us. St. John Berchmans, pray for us. St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.
Do you ask, “What is faith in Him?” I answer, the leaving of your way, your objects, yourself, and the taking of His and Him; the leaving of your trust in men, in money, in opinion, in character, in atonement itself, and doing as He tells you. I can find no words strong enough to serve for the weight of obedience. – George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a popular Scottish writer and poet.