Saint Philip The Apostle



Saint Philip was a native of Bethsaida on Lake Genesareth. He also was among those surrounding John the Baptist when the latter first pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God.

On the day after Peter’s call, when about to set out for Galilee, Jesus met Philip and called him to the Apostolate with the words, “Follow me”.  Philip obeyed Jesus’ call, and a little later brought Nathaniel as a new disciple (John 1:43-45).

On the occasion of the selection and sending out of the twelve, Philip is included among the Apostles proper. His name stands in the fifth place in the three lists (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:14-19; Luke 6:13-16) after the two pairs of brothers, Peter and Andrew, James and John.

In John’s gospel, the following significant episodes concerning St Philip are recorded:

  1. Jesus Feeds The Five Thousand (John 6:5-7)

‘When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  He asked this only to test him, for he had in his mind what he was going to do.  Philip answered him, “Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

  1. Jesus Predicts His Death (John 12:21-23)

When after raising lazarus from the the dead, the Pharisees were plotting against Jesus:  ‘They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request.  “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”  Philip went to tell Andrew: Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.  Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified”’

  1. Jesus the Way to the Father (John 14:8-9)

When Philip, after Christ had spoken to His Apostles of knowing and seeing the Father, said to Him: “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus Answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”’


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