MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The Fourth Week of Lent
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 5:31-47
If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen; and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men. But I know that you have not the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
IN today’s Gospel Jesus says, “I do not receive glory from men.” Yes, he does not accept human praise. He is not seeking it. Why?
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and he gives us a splendid example of how man should search for God’s glory and not his own. When we seek praise from men and work hard to be accepted by them, we are really stripping God of the glory that he alone deserves. We have to purify our intentions and glorify God alone through all our actions and thoughts.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we adore Jesus Christ who leaves us a perfect example to glorify God alone so eternal life is merited for us and for many souls. It helps us to do all for God’s greater glory.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we have come to spend this time with you just because we want to be with you for the sake of God’s glory. Help us not to seek human praise but always to focus our lives on the interests of others now and forever. Amen.