One with the Father

John 14: 7-14
Acts 13: 44-52 / Psa 98

Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me…
(John 14:11)

I believe in God Trinitarian,
The Father, Holy Spirit and Son;
This creed is what makes me a Christian:
All three Persons in God are one.

(Jesus said to His disciples,) “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 that will be enough for us.” 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. 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. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:7-14)

Reflection

In these “Last Supper discourses” before His passion and death, Jesus now reveals to the chosen eleven who He really is, that He and the Father are One. He makes a last minute appeal to them to believe in His oneness with the Father, and even promises them that for their steadfast faith they will perform even greater wonders, and will be granted what they pray for in His name.

The words of our Lord must have been difficult to understand for the apostles, who, from their youth had always been taught in their homes and synagogues that there was only one God, Yahweh, the God of Abraham and the God of Jacob. They had readily accepted that Jesus was indeed a Son of God, by the power of the words that came from His lips, and the wonders that He performed. But to be able to see the Father in Jesus Himself was a mystery of Oneness that only the wisdom of the Holy Spirit could provide. Jesus knew that He had to make their faith strong first before they could receive the Holy Spirit, so He assured them, “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” (John 14:12).

In our faith journey, we are confronted by a blind alley when we try to understand the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three distinct Persons in one distinct God. There is only One God, as the Holy Spirit is God, and springs from the love of the Father and the Son. Jesus is the Son of God, the Word of God, Who was since the beginning God Himself (John 1:1). It is not important for us to understand the “working relationship” of the Three Persons in God. What is important for us is to believe that the Father is in Jesus as well as in the Holy Spirit, and God is inviting us to be “in Him” too by inviting Jesus into our hearts and minds.

Our Brotherhood encourages us to go to Holy Mass and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist as often as possible. We are also urged to read and absorb Holy Scriptures daily and to pray constantly. All of these constitute the Way to “internalize” our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may find the Way to Him and the Father; that we may learn the Truth; and that we may have Life to the fullest (John 14:6).

Father, in our quest to know you and Your Beloved Son Jesus more fully, we meditate on Your Sacred Word, and we receive You in the Holy Eucharist of the Mass. You have given us Your Holy Spirit, Who in our prayers and supplications has gifted us with knowledge, understanding and a discerning heart. We praise and thank You, Lord that You have invited us to this Community of BCBP, where we have come to believe in the great mystery of our salvation. Help us to believe even if we still cannot understand Your ways, because they are way beyond our ways, as the heavens are above the earth. Help us to understand that it is enough that You have given us this Faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.

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