Feast of St. Peter Chanel
“To those who believe, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.” These words appeared on screen to introduce the 1943 film The Song of Bernadette. Again and again, Jesus underscores the source of his authority — the Father — but even his own disciples cannot grasp the nature of the Father. We can almost hear the exasperation in Jesus’ voice in today’s Gospel. All of us feel a need at times to have something more real and tangible than an un-seeable and unknowable God. When we see Jesus we see the Father. If others can see us act with love and kindness, we are showing them the face of God.