The Glory Of God

30 March 2010

Today’s Readings: Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33

In the Old Testament, God’s glory refers to God’s power, holiness, majesty and splendor. It is frequently associated with natural phenomena such as a dark cloud, a devouring fire,thunder, lightning, earthquake and storm. These occurrences are meant to signal the presence of the transcendent Lord.

On the New Testament, God’s glory is seen as God’s own initiative and action revealed in the salvation of the world. It is understood to have finally appeared in Jesus. In fact, God’s glory is fully revealed in the Paschal mystery. The cross is the absolute power of God as understood in the light of the resurrection. The cross and resurrection of Jesus reveal the glory and majesty of a love stronger than all powers of sin and death.

Today’s Gospel tells us that the Father gives glory to Jesus in whom we see the godliness of God. God’s glory in Jesus is not only self- manifestation but also self- communication. In turn, the Father receives glory from the Son and from the disciples obedient faith in Jesus. God’s glory is also revealed in the Church, the community of believers who manifest the glory of God’s Kingdom. Today, we are challenged to give glory to God even in the midst of the hardships and difficulties
that we encounter everyday.

Loving Father, give us the grace to continue giving you praise and glory even if life for us seem to be unbearable and difficult to face. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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