Commentary on the Gospel of
There is a nice little story about the conversation between two fish in the sea. The little fish swam up to the big, elderly fish and asked: “I would like to see the sea. Can you show me the sea?” The wise elder answered: “Well, you are in the sea. Look around. What you see is the sea.” The young one looked around and said, “But this is only water! I want to see the sea!” and swam away discontentedly.
Philip asked Jesus: “Master, show us the Father.” Jesus response was similar to that of the elder fish. “Philip, you have been with me all these years and you still do not see the Father? He is in me, all around you, above you, below you, within you. Just open your eyes and LOOK!”
Many in the world today are like the younger fish and Philip. God envelopes them. In God they live, move, and have their being (cf. Acts 17:28). They breathe in and breathe out God incessantly. But sadly, they still do not recognize Him!
Saints Philip and James: Help us keep our inner senses open and see, hear, touch, smell, taste, and feel God all around us.