1CORINTHIANS 15:1-8; PSALM 19; JOHN 14:6-14
The first reading speaks of the Lord’s appearance to James, then to all the Apostles. Last of all, the Lord appeared to Paul. Beloved, the Lord’s appearance to his apostles doubles as a mandate for them to witness to him. Our encounter with Jesus must be reflected in our relationship with others. Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee and was one of the 12 Apostles that Jesus called. Immediately, Philip began to convert others, finding his friend Nathaniel and telling him that Jesus was the one whom Moses and the other prophets had foretold.
On the other hand, James the Lesser is called “Lesser” because he was younger than the other Apostle by the same name, James the Great. James the less was related in some way to Jesus, and after Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, he became the head of the Church in Jerusalem. He was martyred in the year 62. Beloved, these men bore witness to Christ in their generation. Every Christian must be able to bear witness to Christ. Let us imitate their faith.
LET US PRAY
O God, who gladden us each year with the feast day of the Apostles Philip and James, grant us, through their prayers, a share in the Passion and Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son, so that we may merit to behold you for eternity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.