Have I been with you all this time, and you still do not know me?

Jesus said to [Thomas], I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father and we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? he who 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 say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells inme does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me…”

John 14: 6-11

What is at the core of being Catholic? Why were we Baptized? Why do we go to Mass? Follow the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes? Why do memorize all those wonderful old prayers?

At the center of our Catholic Faith, is a person, the Person- Jesus Christ! He is the reason for all that we do and all that we believe. Above all to be Catholic is to be in a relationship with Jesus, and through that relationship to be a beloved child of the almighty God and Father of all.

For Reflection

Do I have a relationship with Jesus? Do I try to know Him and talk with Him?

Challenge

Visit a Catholic Church where Jesus is present in the Eucharist outside of mass time. Say to Him- “I know that you are real. I know that you see me and know me. I would like to know you.”