5th Sunday of Easter Year C 15/5/2022 Jn 13, 31-35
We often talk about the glory of God or about giving glory to God but do we pause to think about what this really means? It is easy enough to say the words but glory must be more than that. How do you understand glory?
Ronald Rolheiser links the glory of God with how God reveals himself to us as a God who is abounding in compassion, full of forgiveness, and awash with graciousness. God’s glory is expressed in the way he cares for and watches over us and the best way we can give glory to God, as Jesus showed, is to emulate these qualities and allow the glory of God to work through us by showing compassion, by forgiving and by being gracious to all those we encounter. This helps us understand the words of Jesus ‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified. If God has been glorified in him, God will in turn glorify him in himself, and will glorify him very soon.’ God shares everything that he is with us, even his glory. This is what led Jesus to the Cross and was fulfilled in his resurrection. Yet, God’s glory is never diminished and finds its best expression in God’s love for us. It was the love between the Father and the Son that is the source of God’s glory. True love takes us to higher level – the level of the divine, as the following poem suggests:
Time is too slow for those who wait. Time is too fast for those who fear. Time is too long for those who mourn. Time is too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is eternity. Henry van Dyke?
by Fr Thomas O'BRIEN a.a