Monday, May 3, 2021
We really don’t know a lot about these two apostles. James, called James the Lesser to distinguish him from James the son of Zebedee,, was also called the son of Alphaeus. But he was one of the Twelve, those chosen directly by Jesus.
Philip is mentioned in the gospel most in relation to his doubts about Jesus. He wonders how Jesus can possibly feed the multitude. And when he says “Show us the Father” to Jesus, Jesus says “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.” (See below) Philip shows us that our lack of understanding is not a barrier, but we must trust in Jesus.
Daily Mass Readings for the Feast of Saints James and Philip
- First Reading – 1 Corinthians 15:1-8: “After that he appeared to James, then to all the Apostles.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 19: “Their message goes out through all the earth.”
- Gospel – John 14:6-14: “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.”