Sunday, March 25, 2012

I have glorified it and will glorify it again

Today's Gospel reading from St. John gives us words from the Father:  "I have glorified it and will glorify it again."  What is he glorifying? 

Jesus has just been anointed by Mary in Bethany at a dinner given for him by Martha, Mary and Lazarus and the next day he entered Jerusalem to shouts of "Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"  Now there were some Greeks who wanted to see him.  Unlike us, Jesus is not getting a big head.  He had already told his disciples to let Mary alone about the costly perfumed oil she used to anoint him, telling them:  Let her keep this for the day of my burial.  Jesus knows the course is set, and that He must follow it.

He tells them, Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.  A few verses later, He continues, it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.  Father, glorify your name.  It is then that we hear the Father's voice.  Jesus is united intimately with his Father -- and the will of the Father and the will of Jesus are one.

Are our wills united to the will of Jesus?  Today take a little time in prayer to listen for the Lord to speak in your hearts so that you may know his will for you.

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