Philip said to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’” (Jn 14:8-9)
Philip and the other disciples were feeling left behind. Jesus was going to his glory, and they were being left out. Everyone has experienced that feeling of being “left out.” There are only so many places on a team, and sometimes you don’t make the team. There are only so many places at a dinner party, and sometimes you don’t get invited.
It’s hard, especially when people who are close to you get invited. You want to be with them, but you don’t get to go.
That’s how the disciples felt. Confused. Lost. Not worthwhile. They wanted to be with Jesus, but they didn’t get to come along.
Jesus assures them: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Where I am, you also will be.
He reassures me as well: Do not let your heart be troubled. Where I am, you also will be.
He will not leave me behind.