5th Thursday of Lent

“If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but t is my Father who glorifies me.”

Jesus’ words from John’s Gospel could just as well apply to you and me.  We all know people who glorify themselves.  You know the type.  “Look at me.  I’m great.”  Sadly even some people who speak for God can fall into this trap.  I’m reminded of the country song, “Would Jesus wear a Rolex on His television show?” Of course the answer is “no”, but some of his ministers don’t seem to have a problem doing it.

The point is that any glory you and I might have comes from just one source.  Like Jesus, it is our Father who glorifies us.  You may say, “But I worked hard!  I did it all and I did it my way.”  (another song reference.)  Truth is, God gave some of us the ability to work hard and the will and the determination to get things done.  Others may not be so blessed.  The fact that we have been blessed is no reason to glorify ourselves.

Even our beating heart is a gift from God.  Without that, we don’t amount to much.

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