Scripture Reading: 1 Cor. 10:31
St. Bernardine of Siena starts today’s reflection thus: “In all actions see in the first place the Kingdom of God and His glory; persevere in brotherly charity, and practise first all that you desire to teach others.” St. Augustine declares of God: “You have made me for Yourself; my heart is restless until it rests in You.” There is no simpler understanding a person needs for the reason of his creation than this; He made me for Himself. Indeed, God made us for Himself. Beloved, we were made for God’s glory and praise. (Isa. 43:7) Rick Warren affirms this fact when he wrote that, “Bringing enjoyment to God, living for His pleasure, is the first purpose of your life.” This is the way to bring Him glory — living for Him. The primary consideration of our hearts before any action or word is God’s satisfaction and pleasure, hence, His glory. We should pause and ask ourselves this question: “As a representative of God to this person I am dealing with, how am I presenting God?” Beloved, your transformed life as a believer should show the people around you, especially your family, the greatness of our God. It should make men believe that nothing is impossible with our God; that He is able to transform and remake. In everything we do and say, the nature of God is supposed to be reflected. This is the very desire of the Father when He redeemed us in Christ Jesus, that we will live out His nature before men. In James 1:18, the Holy Spirit revealed this divine purpose thus: “He brought us to life using the true word, showing us off as a crown of all His creation.” (MSG) God’s earnest desire is to show us off to the people of the world. The clear difference between the disposition of a believer and the unbeliever testifies of God’s glory. Our failure to truly represent God, by the way we act, speak and deal with people, especially members of our families, has brought great contempt and disregard towards the things of God. Beloved, have your daily deeds given the enemy occasion to blaspheme God? It is time we resolved to live no longer for self-glorification and self-satisfaction, but to live for His glory no matter the cost. Only a daily personalization of the death of Christ on the Cross, can bring us to this. May the Lord bring us to this reality, in Jesus name. Amen.
MASS: VIOLET Is 55: 10-11; Ps 34: 4-5. 6-7. 16-17. 18-19 (R.18b); Accl. Mt 4:4b; Mt 6: 7-15
Prayer Points:
1. Lord, grant me the grace to live only for Your glory in Jesus name.
2. O Lord, take away everything that brings dishonour to Your name in my life.
3. May the light of Your glory shine through me to others, in Jesus name.
Exercise: Deliberately act towards another’s comfort today.
Meditation: 1 Corinthians 10:31.