April 7. Glory. If I glorify myself my glory is nothing. Grandmother Josie took her turn and said, “I would like us to go back to what Jesus himself is saying in all these readings around this time from John’s gospel, chapter 8. He continually disputes with the Jewish leaders about God, his relationship with his Father, his work of glorifying God and how God glorifies him. All this was one of the main reasons for his conflict with them as they believed this was blasphemy. Could they understand this term and concept, and how do we understand it in our more scientific age? I find this kind of language very difficult too. Do we or should we give glory to celebrities? Self-glorification doesn’t seem like humility. What do you think?
Reflect, share and act. Scripture: If I glorify myself my glory is nothing, it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God. But you have not known him. I know him. John 8: 54-55 Pope Francis: We are called to recognize that other living beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes, by their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. LS 59. MRM Positive Values 8. We dedicate ourselves to strive for justice, fairness and peaceful co-existence as well as mutual respect as a basis for national reconciliation. Choose an act of love and sacrifice from the list, published at www.marfam.org.za/lent