March 30. Glory.  Grandmother Josie took her turn and said, “I would like us to go back to what Jesus himself is saying in 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. This was one of the main reasons for his conflict with them as they saw this as blasphemy and a reason to destroy him. Could they understand this concept or term and can we understand even after all these years?  I find this kind of language very difficult. Self-glorification doesn’t seem like humility. What do you think? “ 

St Francis: While out walking one day he came to a small derelict church and heard a voice from the crucifix “ Francis, go and rebuild my church, as you can see it is falling into ruin.”   He started rebuilding, but came to see that his call was not for the build of stone but for the people and Church leaders, right up to the Pope.   He chose a new way of life of prayer, poverty and humility.  

From the Canticles of the Creatures:  Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.  Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks, And serve Him with great humility.

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 and I keep his word. .  John 8: 54-55

Pope Francis: The mission Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of divine love in its fullness.   FM 8

Reflect, share, act, pray.  Reflect on the words of the Glory be to the Father, a common prayer we say often.  Make a habit of praying this prayer daily and letting the meaning of the words grow.