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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of the apostles Philip and James.


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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 14, 6-14

Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

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? 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.

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 me anything in my name, I will do it.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The memory of the two apostles Philip and James started to be celebrated when the Basilica of the Holy Apostles, that preserves their relics, was dedicated in Rome in the sixth century. Philip, a native of Bethsaida, is among the first to be called by Jesus and it is to him that Jesus, in the first multiplication of bread, asks how many loaves of bread there are. To Philip turn the two Greeks who wanted to see Jesus and it is he who asks Jesus: “Show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” According to an ancient tradition, Philip preached the Gospel in Asia Minor and died a martyr in Phrygia. The apostle James is identified as the son of Alpheus and at the same time as Jesus’ brother who became the first to be in charge of the Judeo-Christian community of Jerusalem. The first Catholic letter addressed to the Judeo-Christians of diaspora is attributed to him. Tradition says that he died being thrown down the pinnacle of the temple while he repeated the same words of Jesus: “Lord, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Augustine’s words that sing the love of the apostles and reaches martyrdom are splendid: “Consider, o brethren, the magnitude of the event for which men were sent all over the world to proclaim a man who died and was raised to heaven and for the sake of this proclamation they suffered from all that an insane world imposed on them: lost, exile, prison, torments, flames, beats, crosses and death. Did Peter die for personal glory? Someone died so that Another could be honoured; one was put to death so that the Other could receive adoration. Could anyone do this if they were not animated by the fire of charity and of the intimate conscience of truth?” All this came from being with Jesus, from the meeting with that teacher who changed their lives. The Gospel shows us Jesus as the way, the truth and the life. He will lead us them the Father. It is Philip who on behalf of all asks: “Show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus answers him with a heartfelt rebuke: “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” We are here at the heart of Christian faith. We meet God through Jesus. John writes in his first letter: “No one has ever seen God” (4:12). Jesus reveals Him to us. Philip and James, with their witness, continue to repeat it so that our faith may grow.


05/03/2013
Memory of the Apostles


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