From today’s Gospel: ‘Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father…”’
St Augustine commented: ‘Why, then, Philip, do you say, “Show us the Father, and it suffices us? Have I been so long time with you, and yet have ye not known me, Philip? He that sees me, sees the Father also”. If it interests you much to see this, believe at least what you see not. … If you have seen me, who am His perfect likeness, you have seen Him to whom I am like’.
This brings us to the heart of what it means to believe in faith in what we do not see. St John of the Cross wrote much of what it means for the soul to know God through faith. In the Roy Campbell translation of the poem ‘Song of the Soul that rejoices in knowing God through Faith’, he said: ‘How well I know that fountain’s rushing flow / Although by night. //Its deathless spring is hidden. Even so / Full well I guess from whence its sources flow / Though it be night’.
As we ponder what it means to know God through faith, may Saints Philip and James take us ever deeper into the mystery of ‘the Eternal Source’, and may God bless you.