Philip said to him, “Master show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” John 14:8
Philip asked Jesus this question at the Last Supper right after Jesus had expounded that the Father was in Him and He was in the Father. Later in that discourse Jesus says, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in Me, and I in you.” John 14:20
You who are struggling with a mental or emotional illness, has it ever occurred to you that God is in your doctors and therapists? That He is in your spouse, friends, and family who are trying their best to care (even if it doesn’t seem so)? A few years ago, when I was struggling with a difficult illness my spiritual director told me (several times), “God is in the illness.” That made no sense to me until recently, in hindsight.
Look at your life with its pains and joys, illnesses and remissions, and realize that the Father is in the Son, who in turn is in you through His Spirit. He is in the Eucharist. In different ways, God is in all. We will see Him only when we fully engage in our lives. That means if your life includes mental or emotional illness, face it squarely as part of your life and work with it as the good Lord would ask. God is in it and therefore will bring good out of it. The greatest good, with your cooperation, will be for Him to bring you closer to His heart.
Picture is stained glass at the Church of St. Efigenia, Brazil. Dedicated to public domain, 2014. Wikimedia commons.