Tuesday, May 3, 2011

james and Philip: pursuit of happiness

today we celebrate the feast of two apostles. James and Philip share this day as their memorial, in which the church ask us to recall their encounter with CHrist and how that encounter challenged and changed the direction they were headed.

In CHrist they encountered a way. Their life found purpose.

They both gave themselves fully to CHrist; they let themselves be won over by Jesus, to be with him, and to invite others to share in His company, and thus finding God and true life.

As Blaise Pascal reminds us, "Happiness is not in us nor outside of us. Happiness is in GOd alone. And if we have found him, then it is everywhere. "

The apostles understood this. In Philip's question we get a glimpse of this desire when at the last supper he ask, "Master, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

Philip is correct. Only the Father in his fullness will ever satisfy our deepest longing. Only in him shall we come to know happiness. But JEsus reminds us that God has a human face. That if we truly want to know the Father then we must pursue Christ, in contemplating Christ we come to the Father, "Whoever as seen me, has seen the Father."

In Christ we encounter life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The American Dream is realized in Christ.

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