Whoever Sees Me

Christ Pantocrator, Mosaic from Hagia Sophia

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 12:44-50

Since the time humankind began philosophizing, we have wondered about the nature of ultimate reality. What is it? Earth, air, fire, water? Atoms? Matter? Mind? Spirit? What is the cosmic principle behind all phenomena?

No philosopher ever imagined that the cosmic principle was not only a what, but a who. And not only one who, but three whos.

Whoever believes in me believes not only in me, but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.

John 12:44-45

In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues to direct us toward his Father and our Father, his God and our God. “Seeing” here requires graced vision to penetrate beyond the sensible exterior to the invisible divine nature hidden from sight. 

Ultimate reality, Christ tells us, is personal. The Father who sent him is his source and our source, to whom he will return and to whom we must return to have eternal life. 

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

-GMC

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