Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Have You Glorified God with Your Works?

Shortly before Jesus ascended the Cross and endured His Holy Passion, He offered God what the Church refers to as the High Priestly Prayer. “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You....I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work You have given Me to do.” (John 12.1,4) Every moment of His life Jesus glorified God in every work He accomplished. On the Seventh Sunday of Pascha, the Church remembers these words as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world on Pentecost. It should serve as a reminder of what is important in life.

Each of us has been given a time on earth – some long, some short – to glorify God in our work. For some it seems so long ago that we gathered in the dark Church to receive the Light of Christ and sing Christ is Risen! Because of the Feast of Feasts, and Christ defeat of death, our lives will never be the same. We have been given another chance by God to live in communion with Him.

Jesus continues, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.” (John 17.6) Have you manifested His name to others? Have you assisted others to know who Jesus Christ is? Have you made the reality of God’s presence known to those you meet during the day? Have you been a living icon of Jesus to the strangers whom you meet at work or the mall? These are a few simple ways to glorify God with your works. That’s how He did it, and so can you.

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