Scripture Reading: John. 17:20-26
For every engagement in life, there is a glory attached to it. It may come in the end in form of a goal, reward, or appellation which would raise one to the level of grandeur, magnificence, splendour and exaltation. There is nothing that we think of, say or do that does not reflect a form of a glory attached. And for whatever we think of, say or do, the glory either comes to us, Satan or God. The glory that comes to us is vanity. The glory that goes to the devil is an insult, a slight and a blow on the kingdom of God. It is only the glory that goes to God that is a credit or a mark for the kingdom of God. How many engagements are Christians involved in today? How many portray, reflect or mirror the glory of God? How can you portray, reflect and mirror the glory of God when you do not behold His glory? How can you behold the glory of God when you find prayer a burden? How can you behold His glory when you do not know His Word? How can you behold His glory when you do not have time to reflect, meditate, keep His image in mind and appreciate Him? How can you behold His glory when your life does not reflect the love of God? How can you behold His glory when you are not engaged in charitable work? How can you behold His glory when you do not receive the sacrament because of the sins you harbour? How can you behold His glory when you do not have time to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar?
St. Paul makes us to understand in 2 Cor. 3:18 that, “We all with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree (or level) of glory to another which is from the Lord who is the Spirit.” When any person is converted to God, the veil of ignorance is taken away. So, such a person can behold His glory. Our scripture today (Jn. 17:20-26) contains Jesus’ prayer for His disciples. Jesus’ prayer to the Father is that believers be in communion with the Most Holy Trinity.
He says, in v. 21 that, “… May they be in us, just as You are in me and I am in You. May they be one, so that the world will believe that You sent me.” In v. 24 Jesus prays, “Father! You have given them to me, and I want them to be with me where I am, so that they may see my glory, the glory You gave me; for You loved me before the world was made”. Thus, the first condition for beholding God’s glory is that you are in God.
How then, can we behold His glory? You behold Him mostly in the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament of the altar; where He is wholly and entirely present. You behold Him in the scriptures, for He is His Word (Jn. 1:14). You can behold Him in the community at prayer, for He says, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Mt. 18:20) You can also behold Him in your prayer. You can behold Him in His creation for, it is His handy work and He is omnipresent (He is everywhere). You can behold Him in the poor. For, whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it unto Him. (Mt. 25:40) In any fellow human being, you can behold Him, for he/she is created in the image and likeness of God. In a whole, you can behold His glory in everything that is good. Whatever that is not good is not worth conveying or carrying His glory.
When you behold His glory, His glory will reflect in your words and actions. When you behold His glory, you would become an agent of His glory that people around you will seek for that glory in you. There is the common saying that holds; “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” If you do not behold God, how can you see, know, observe and taste His beauty? The more often you behold God, the more you appreciate Him and become like God or Godlike.
When you do not behold the glory of God, His glory will not reflect through you. Child of God, if this does not happen in your life, it is a shame. Wake up today and behold the glory of God.
MASS: GREEN/ WHITE
Phil 4: 10-19; Ps 112: 1b-2. 5-6. 8a and 9; (R.1a); Accl 2 Cor 8:9; Lk 16: 9-15
- Pray with Psalms 145 meditatively.
- Father teach me to pray, study Your word and be charitable in the name of Jesus.
- Just as the deer thirsts for water O Lord so my soul thirsts for You. Come into me and make my heart a dwelling place in the name of Jesus.
- Ask for mercies for the many times that you have not given Him glory in your conducts.
- Call upon His name that His Glory may fall upon you, your family, your career or occupation and all that you do.
- Pray for your country, that His glory be made manifest in our leaders.
Exercise: Testify of His glory before someone today.
Memory Verse: Isa. 40:5