Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 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 we will be satisfied.”
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; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works 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 in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
As a young child I was taught that at the very moment of my conception the spirit of the divine, Christ, was in me. That spirit would always live in me. Today’s Gospel reminds me that, “the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these.”
As I think of the things that seem impossible to me they are never things like moving mountains. They are forgiving a friend who hurt me deeply, moving beyond the grief of my mom’s death, or forgiving myself for harming someone I love. Jesus promised me that if I believe, I can and will do these works. Can I trust that those actions live in me as the divine lives in me?
What greater work in my life today seems impossible to do? Can I believe Jesus when he says, “if in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it”?
Lord Jesus, you told us that we could ask you for anything and you grant it. Help us to do what seems to be impossible in our lives, whether that is forgiving ourselves or others, persevering in a difficult situation, letting go of hurts. May we grow in our faith in you each day. We pray this in your name. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team