Here is my response to the four reflection questions.
I notice that Jesus in assuring Thomas and Philip that they DO know him and the Father. But the disciples seem confused. They don’t understand what Jesus means when he says, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me…” Jesus is almost pleading with them as he repeats, “Believe me… believe me.”
Jesus’ words, “I am the way and the truth and the life” draw me into them. They remind me of the story of Moses on the mountain talking with God. As God was sending Moses to lead the people out of Egypt Moses asked God for God’s name. God answered, “I AM who I AM.” It is ironic that Philip is asking Jesus to show him the Father (God) and Jesus is saying, “I am…”
O Lord, I want to believe. I want to know that You and the Father are One, the one I AM. I want to believe that I too will be sent to do the works that You do. I want to believe that what I ask in Your name will be so.
Please open my eyes to see the works that You would have me do in the world. Help me to put my confidence in You so that all that I do is for Your glory.
I hope you will post your responses too. It enriches all of us to read each other's stories.