This painting, by Duccio di Buoninsegna, of today’s Apostles, forms part of a larger work. The Gospel, from St John, gives us these words of Philip’s: ‘Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.”’ James was an early Bishop of Jerusalem, and the author of the Epistle which bears him name.

May these two saints accompany us on our journey to ‘know the Lord’, and to put His precepts into practice in our lives; and may God bless you this day.