Today’s Gospel reading comes from the John’s account of the Last Supper. Judas had just left the table companionship to begin the process that would lead to Jesus arrest. Jesus had just said that Peter would deny him three times. But Jesus counsels them not to let their hearts be troubled because he is going to the Father to prepare places for them.
Thomas questions Jesus saying how they don’t know the way because they don’t even know where Jesus is going. Jesus explains his troubles away by claiming he is the way and the truth and the life and they will come to the Father through him.
And then Philip chimes in: “Show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus is exasperated as he answers: “Really, Philip, really? Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me? I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Who sees me sees the Father! Holy Moses! Do you get it now?”
I sympathize with Philip. Sometimes I don’t get it either. I often wonder what God is really like and what God looks like. As I ponder the Scriptures both Hebrew and Christian, I get a sketchy picture of what God is like through what God has done in forming, teaching, and leading through the Judges and prophets and other writings and reflections a people to be God’s own with all their ups and downs, faithfulness and idolatry, and graces and sins. In Jesus’ words and actions we get a richer portrayal of God’s compassion, mercy, acceptance, love, and desire to be in a deep relationship where we are one in the Father, one in Jesus, and one in each other.
And it is enough - - - for now. God is like a mine filled with veins of gold. The more you dig, the deeper you go, the more you’ll find over and over again.
5th Sunday of Easter, A, 2017