Philip was one of the first chosen disciples of Christ. On the way from Judea to Galilee, our Lord found Philip, and said, “Follow Me.” Philip straightway obeyed; and then in his zeal and charity sought to win Nathaniel also, saying, ” We have found Him of whom Moses and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth;” and when Nathaniel in wonder asked, “Can any good come out of Nazareth ?” Philip simply answered, “Come and see,” and brought him to Jesus. Another characteristic saying of this Apostle is preserved for us by St. John. Christ in His last discourse had spoken of His Father; and Philip exclaimed, in the fervor of his thirst for God, ” Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough.”
St. James the Less, the author of an inspired Epistle, was also one of the Twelve.