Saturday, Fourth Week of Easter
Today we hear Philip speak up and ask Jesus to show them his Father, then they will believe in what Jesus is saying!
Here’s Your Sign: Trusting in what we cannot see!
Today we hear Philip speak up and ask Jesus to show them his Father, then they will believe in what Jesus is saying! Jesus must have been deeply disappointed in Philip and his need for proof. Philip had been with him for a long time but clearly he still did not completely believe or trust Jesus. He wanted to see the proof for himself.
After all their time together, did Philip and the other disciples still not understand who Jesus was? What would it take for them to believe and understand?
How often do we ask Jesus for proof? At times, we also want Jesus to send us a sign that clearly he is with us! Then we will “know.” Faith and trust are difficult in our human relationships and perhaps even more so in our relationship with God. At least with human beings we can see, hear and talk with them. We see their facial expressions and their body language. These alone communicate volumes of information to us.
However, we can neither see Jesus, God nor the Holy Spirit. To believe without proof is difficult for most human beings. We have the old saying: “the proof is in the pudding.” I assume that most of us like to see and taste our pudding. Then, we will believe! However, Jesus desires that we believe and trust without “seeing” him. We can choose to believe in Jesus and trust in his love and care for us. Or we can wander through life without an anchor, without anyone greater than ourselves to believe in.
Belief and trust in Jesus is challenging, especially during difficult and trying times. At these times, I want and need to have a tangible sense that Jesus is with me. And every once in a while, I am given a sign of some sort! However, most times I simply have to trust that Jesus is with me. This is not easy. However, when I am able to trust that Jesus is present with me, then I do have more strength and hope. These gifts of trust, hope and strength enable me to open my mind and heart to “seeing” Jesus!
Today, may we ask Jesus to grace us with these gifts. Most of all, may we trust Jesus to gift us with all we need. Jesus is present with us every moment of every day, always strengthening and gracing us! However, we need to be awake and alert to his presence! Otherwise, we will miss him!