Gospel for May 5, 2012, Saturday, 4th Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 13:44-52
The following Sabbath almost the entire city gathered to
listen to Paul, who spoke a fairly long time about the Lord.
But the presence of such a crowd made the Jews jealous. So
they began to oppose with insults whatever Paul said. Then
Paul and Barnabas spoke out firmly, saying, “It was necessary
that God’s word be first proclaimed to you, but since you now
reject it and judge yourselves to be unworthy of eternal life,
we turn to non-Jewish people. For thus we were commanded
by the Lord: I have set you as a light to the pagan nations, so
that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Those who were not Jews rejoiced when they heard this
and praised the message of the Lord, and all those destined
for everlasting life believed in it. Thus the Word spread
throughout the whole region. …
Gospel: John 14:7-14
Jesus said to his disciples, “If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him and you have seen him.”
Philip asked him, ”Lord, show us the Father and that is enough.” Jesus said to him, “What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever sees me sees 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?
“All that I say to you, I do not say of myself. The Father who dwells in me is doing his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; at least believe it on the evidence of these works that I do.
“Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these, for I am going to the Father. Everything you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. And everything you ask in calling upon my Name, I will do.”
When you do something awkwardly you know all too well that it is you who are doing it! Your thumbs get in the way, you drop things, the job takes a long time. But when you do something skillfully, it is as if it happened by itself: it happened through you, you were just a finely-tuned instrument. Such skillful actions are like moments of grace – natural grace. They give us some impression of how supernatural grace works. Something perfect happens through you and you say “thanks be to God!” In such moments you are free of the ego. Jesus’ whole life was like that: “the Father who dwells in me is doing his work” (v. 10).
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