A DROP IN THE OCEAN.
We all enjoy a pat on the back. “Well done, I enjoyed that dinner, and it was scrumptious.” A compliment always gives us a good feeling inside. What do I feel if nothing is said? The answer will reveal my motivation for why I do things for others. If no one said anything, I could still tell how much they enjoyed it. That is what makes me happy. Who needs a compliment when everyone is happy and full.”
Jesus lets us in on what is behind everything He says and does. First is to please His Father, “I do not accept human praise.” Jesus doesn’t need a fan club. His only motive is to do what He sees His Father doing in Him. He calls this His testimony – working with His Father, never on His own. Secondly, his motive is to save us. “I say this so that you may be saved.” It’s all about His pleasing His Father and saving us.
The early Father of the Church had a pet saying, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” No one was more fully alive than Jesus; even when He breathed out His last breath, He was fully alive. He rose from the dead. No one can kill eternal life – Doing everything for God’s glory and the good of other people.
Doing things for our gratification is just a drop in the ocean of God’s glory in us. Of course, not many people can fit into a drop, but wow! The whole world can fit in the ocean. Like my Mom would say at dinner, “There’s always room for one more.” And then she smiled.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC