Reading 1 (1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-8)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,
of the Gospel I preached to you,
which you indeed received and in which you also stand.
Through it you are also being saved,
if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,
unless you believed in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred brothers and sisters at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the Apostles.
Last of all, as to one born abnormally,
he appeared to me.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 19:2-3, 4-5)

R. (5)  Their message goes out through all the earth.
R. Alleluia.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day;
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (JOHN 14:6B, 9C)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord;
Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (JOHN 14:6-14)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, 
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
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 speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. 
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Apostles Saints Philip and James the Less. According to Saint Paul in the First Reading (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), Saint James, son of Alpheus, is mentioned to be one of the witnesses of the Risen Lord before Jesus appeared to him. And in the Gospel (John 14:7-14), Saint Philip is listening to Jesus’ words about the Father revealed in the Son. Saint Philip preached in the Asia Minor, while Saint James the Less became the First Bishop of Jerusalem. These two men are part of the company of the Apostles. And the Psalmist echoes the Gospel of Christ that they have taught: “Their message goes out through all the earth” (Psalm 19:5). They preach the Good News and perform many signs because of their Risen Master who taught them, commissioned them, and sent the Holy Spirit to help them know and understand. These twelve men serve as the foundation of the Church because she continues to hand down their teachings and Tradition. So as we journey down this Easter road, let us also be witnesses of the Good News by word and by deed.

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