Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 9, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Acts of the Apostles 13:44-52

Psalm 98

John 14:7-14


In today’s Gospel narrative the apostle Phillip has a problem that most of us might honestly admit we wrestle with from time to time.  Phillip asks, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”  Our Lord responds to Phillip, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”  After all, Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him.

However the challenge comes when we know the Son in the flesh.  Our sensible nature has a difficult time peeling away the flesh and blood of His human nature and recognizing what remains, the pure spirt that is God.  Of course the divine attributes are there; infinity, omnipotence, stability, and so forth.  However we are so immersed in the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell, that once these human factors that we rely on are eliminated we can’t imagine what is left.

There is no question about it.  When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He shows his omnipotence.  When He foretold His suffering and execution, we understand Jesus is “all-wise.”  After He fed the five-thousand with five loaves and two fish and they collected twelve baskets of leftovers, we are convinced of His infinity. 

Jesus tells His apostles, and us, that if we have a hard time believing that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him, it will be helpful for us to believe in the works that He does.  However, none of us physically witnessed the works of Jesus that I have mentioned.

Friends, all the miracles of nature and the universe, the miracles of modern medicine, the triumphs of technology, the success of science reveal the necessity of an author with the divine attributes mentioned above.  Today we are a united world praying for a cure for the Coronavirus and to ease the suffering for all those who have been affected by this cruel pandemic. 

However we prefer to name Him, the divine intelligence has to be God.  If we want to know the Father, we have to experience His attributes by recognizing the miracles happening every day in our current world.  On recognizing the miracles we are challenged to grow in the knowledge of our Father in heaven.

Question of the Day:  How do you see the “beatific vision,” that is, seeing God face to face? 

Prayer:  Holy Face of Jesus, image of the Father guide me in the gifts of Your Holy Spirt with wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.  Amen.              

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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