3 May 2017 Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles Homily
First Corinthians 15:1-8
The First Reading today gives a summary of the “Gospel”.
The “Gospel” or “Good News” is what Paul says we “receive” and “stand in”.
The Gospel is our foundation or the ground we “stand on.”
How often do we need to be reminded of that core message, essential “news” about the mystery we have been drawn into?
“Pretty often” is the short answer. The summary about Christ dying and rising is referred to in Greek as the “kerygma” or message. The “message” is what we are invited into, share with others and need to return to over and over again.
What Philip asks Jesús to do today in the Gospel is this: “Show us the Father, and that will be enough for us” has already been “shown”.
Basically if we see and follow Jesús we see and follow the Father.
Jesús does the Father’s will to the point of giving himself for us in doing the will of the Father.
“Believing” in Jesús is to do the “works” of the Father. Jesús is required to do the work of the Father.
Jesús simply asks us to do what he does: believe, work and give glory to the Father, Son and Spirit.