May 3, 2016
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."
Today we celebrate the Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles. I find it interesting that these two apostles (as well as Simon and Jude) celebrate their feast as a pair, eternally commemorating our Lord's commission that they go two by two into His mission fields. How often I think to myself, "This job would be so much easier if I had complete control over it and did it ALONE." And yet, the struggles that emerge in community, especially the community of Christian believers, will force us to learn both compromise and mercy. We must muddle through learning to work together even if it results in pain or frustration. We so often forget that our Lord, as he states here, dwells in eternal community with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The isolation and individualism of Americans make us feel that we deserve our own space, lives, homes, rooms, time, etc. But when we embrace the call to community we find our burdens lessened. We find the usefulness of other people in decision-making. We find that sharing our wealth always results in a greater enjoyment than hoarding it.
As I personally prepare my heart to share its life with someone else, I come to realize how the ups and downs of community life in the Frassati Fellowship have prepared me for my vocation in some mysterious way. I can acknowledge that not getting my way every time was a blessing rather than a hindrance, and that the care I have given and received for my brothers and sisters in Christ has allowed me to experience the love with which God constantly sustains me. Ultimately it has given me great insight into the love of a Christian family of believers, and for that I am only beginning to be able to express my gratitude.
May our Fellowship reflect the love between the Apostles and the love that Pier Giorgio had for his community of friends. May we seek to bring others to experience the joy of community with us.
Unrelated to my reflection, but related to the retreat, Fr. Walter also wrote about leisure this week, if you're interested: http://www.svsc.info/glory-and-work-pastors-reflection-may-1-2016/