Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Acts 13:44-52 + John 14:7-14
May 9, 2020
“The Father who dwells in Me is doing His works.”
At weekday Mass during the middle of the Easter Season, we are hearing Jesus’ words from the Last Supper. John’s is the loftiest of the four Gospel accounts, but the Last Supper discourses offer the loftiest of the loftiest words spoken by Christ in John. Much of what He says at the Last Supper concerns the unity of the Holy Trinity, and specifically of the Father and the Son.
“Words” and “works” flow from the relationship of the Father and the Son. Jesus mentions both “words” and “works” in today’s Gospel passage, but focus here on the “works” He refers to: “The Father who dwells in me is doing His works.” Jesus says this as the Only-Begotten Son of the Father. Nonetheless, you and I, as the Father’s adopted children in Christ, may speak these words truthfully inasmuch as we root our lives in Christ. This in fact is our vocation as Christians.
As a night-time examination of conscience, then, we might ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in answering these questions: “How many of the words I spoke today were not the Father’s words? How many of the works that I did today were not the Father’s works?”