The glory to come
Thursday, May 17, 2018 7th Week of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 22:30; 23:611 Gospel: John 17:20-26
Our joy shall be complete when we see God’s glory. Jesus manifested this glory, so full of grace and truth (see John 1:14) while he stayed with humanity on earth. In paradise we shall experience this to the full, no longer veiled by our senses.
Sharing this glory with Jesus means sharing his sonship. St. Paul describes this sharing when he wrote, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16). This singular favor of being heirs of the kingdom makes us proud children of God and removes in us the appetite for sin. Sin alienates us from God. When our greatest desire is to give God glory, there is no way we can still nurture the appetite for sin. St. Augustine puts this concept succinctly when he said, “Love God and do what you please.”
Today’s Gospel disposes us to examine how proud we are of our identity as heirs of the kingdom of God. Actions do not lie. The more voracious we are in committing sin, the lesser we value our identity as children of God and heirs of the kingdom of heaven. But what a waste of priceless opportunity if we miss eternal joy because we gamble our souls on the fleeting glory and honor of this lifetime!