Sts Philip and James left all to follow Jesus, to become His heralds to the whole world. They faced only difficulties, opposition and – finally – death by violence. We cannot avoid the difficulties that come with professing our faith and we are all called to be apostles. Let us pray for the courage to face our task with the same courage with which the Apostles faced theirs. As in the case of the other apostles, we see in James and Philip human men who became foundation stones of the Church and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving. All power is God’s power, even the power of human freedom to accept his gifts. “You will be clothed with power from on high,” Jesus told Philip and the others. Their first commission had been to expel unclean spirits, heal diseases, announce the kingdom. They learned, gradually, that these externals were sacraments of an even greater miracle inside their persons—the divine power to love like God.
Sts Philip and James, Pray for us!