Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Who lights your lamp?

"An authentic discipleship will get the Gospel message across without self-promotion."
Abbot Jerome Kodell, "Give Us This Day"
Jesus says in today's Gospel, "...your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).  There is such a fine line between doing good things, others seeing them, glorifying God and others admiring YOU. Just a few days ago, Jesus, in Mark 12:38, chastised the scribes for going around in their long robes, flaunting their righteousness before others.  The difference is clear to me after reflecting a bit on it.  The scribes were just soaking in the admiration of others because of their high position, long robes and tassels. The glory was theirs. What Abbot Jerome gives us is exactly the formula:  Be authentic. Live the Gospel. Give the glory to God.  What does that look like on a beautiful Tuesday morning?  To me, it means; Step out of the way and let God work.  Any good we do is God working through us, so make sure God gets the kudos, Kiddos. Blessings on your shining Tuesday!  Love, heidi

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