The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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4th Week of Lent

Date: 
Thu, 03/30/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Some people seek their own glory.
They blow their own horn.
They brag about their successes and accomplishments.
They boast of their possessions.
They list their titles.
They drop the names of famous people they know and/or associate with.
They make sure their name will be remembered by future generations
by having it carved in stone and put on the sides of buildings.
They sit in reserved seats at the head of the table
and they fawn over the public recognition of their presence.
And they not only eat up flattery, they reward those who flatter them.
“You can sit next to me”.  “I will favor your requests over others’”.  “You are my good friend.”
“I will make sure you get the best position.”
They like to dominate and they are overly concerned about their own reputation
and want people under them to live according to their rules with few exceptions.
 
Those who seek their own glory tend to publicly criticize
those who would question their motives.
They belittle and devalue and downplay the work and contribution of others.
They rid themselves of perceived rivals
…anyone who competes with them for the public’s adoration.
Often, they are unable to see their own hypocrisy.
A person’s character, integrity,  honesty take a back seat to loyalty….
and loyalty for the glory seeker
consists of “don’t tell me anything about myself that I won’t like hearing.”
They will use other human beings to their own advantage
and then dispose of them when they are no longer useful.
 
Those who seek their own glory will seldom acknowledge and recognize their own flaws
and they detest others who willingly and freely confess shortcomings and weaknesses.
They never admit personal mistakes or errors in judgment.
 
Followers of Jesus are not immune to succumbing to this temptation.
There are Christians who seek their own glory.
The sign is of such a pursuit is given in today’s gospel: 
a Christian glory seeker will not show love for God by receiving the one God sends
even though all indications point to authenticity and credibility
that the grace and Spirit of God are at work in the one who is rejected.
(…just like the religious leaders of Judaism reject Jesus.)
 
Human glory is cheap.  It is transitory.
It’s like the grass in the field:  it’s here today and gone tomorrow.
Those who seek human glory will never fully see or accept Jesus Christ.
The genuine Christian life is directed toward the glory of God.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, during this Season of Lent, reveal to me the dark and shadowy pursuits that occupy my attention.  May the spirit of Your Son, Jesus Christ, possess my heart, and inspire me to show love for You by receiving with joy Your messengers of truth.  Amen!”