The Divine GPS

May 3, 2017 – Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (14:6-14)

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.

From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
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 speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,

because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
 

Reflect: I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. The Divine GPS (God’s Positioning System) is with us. Jesus is the living way to the Father. Jesus won’t miscalculate and tell us to make a turn when there isn’t anywhere to go or continue down a dead-end. We can trust that he will always direct us in the right way and keep us on track – if we only listen.  He’s also quick to get us back on track when we stray – that’s a recalculating message that we should always welcome. The apostles were anxious to share their discovery of Jesus with one another. Philip invites a friend, Nathanael, to “come and see”; Andrew invited Simon.  The wonderful way to the Father, the only way to heaven – Jesus – is not just for us alone. Once we find him, once we know him, Jesus wants us to invite others to discover him as THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE. That is the Good News (the Great News) to share in a world filled with brokenness and pain. Jesus maps out the personal journey to the Father for each of us. If we don’t listen, if we don’t respond, we’ll wander aimlessly lost. May God give us the grace to listen to his voice in this world so that we can be led joyfully to the everlasting Kingdom – our eternal home, heaven!

Questions: What voices am I listening to as I try to find my way in life? What recalculation might Jesus be offering to me today? Am I willing to invite those I care about to know the way to heaven?

Pray: Loving God, take my heart, my mind and my spirit and direct all that I am to you. Remove from me any spirit of rebellion or rejection so that I might always delight in hearing your voice, finding your truth, and seeking your life to guide me through my sojourn in this world.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saints Philip and James: Pray for us!

Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us. Whoever has seen me, Philip, has also seen the Father. Alleluia!

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