Reflections

Living for the Glory of God

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

“If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest, or to one of the priests among his descendants, who shall examine the sore on his skin....

“The one who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare, and shall muffle his beard; he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’ As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean, since he is in fact unclean. He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.”

(Leviticus 13:1-2, 45-46)

Moses and Aaron had a concern for controlling infectious disease. They did something Public Health officials do to this day: they quarantined those who had deadly diseases. With time the Israelites began to believe that God punished evildoers by giving them diseases like leprosy. Sometimes you run into that kind of thinking even today. But Jesus had a different approach:

“A leper came to him (and kneeling down) begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’ The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.

(Mark 1:40-42)

Jesus will do that for you today. He always want the best for you.

Very few people in America today have leprosy. Jealousy, hatred, and grudges are another story. Are you as interested in being healed of those maladies as the leper was of his?

Other people are faced with things that are not their fault, such as prejudice, sexual abuse, or bad family memories. Jesus also can heal these if you are ready to have them healed.

Sometimes because of confusion or wanting to hold on to bitterness people don’t want to be healed. They may fear that forgiving makes it alright for whoever was abusing them. But Jesus wants you healed.

It boils down to how we accept the love of Christ in our lives. What is our part in the relationship?
St. Paul addressed this when he wrote,

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

(I Corinthians 10:31)

Do everything for the glory of God! Get up in the morning for the glory of God! Give every day at work, give every moment, to the glory of God.
Think what that would look like if we lived for the glory of God. One thing we would quickly notice is how our political discourse would change. We would still have divisions, as indeed good people will disagree, but we would settle them more civilly. We would see God in our opponents.
We would be very reluctant to go to war. We would realize that war entails killing our brothers and sisters, and would do all we could to avoid it. When, as it seems in our situation with ISIS, war was unavoidable, we would engage in war reluctantly and attempt to achieve peace as soon as possible.

On a more personal level if we live every day for the glory of God we will find our lives more joyful and more meaningful.

So Jesus heals us and we give every moment of the day and night to him. We get a bargain.


Father Mike Van Cleve

Father Mike is a priest for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

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