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said to the Jews: "If I testify on my own
behalf, my testimony cannot be verified. But there is another
who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the
testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent
emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I
do not accept testimony from a human being, but I
say this so that you may be saved. He was
a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you
were content to rejoice in his light. But I have
testimony greater than John´s. The works that the Father gave
me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on
my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the
Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But
you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he
has sent. You search the Scriptures, because you think you
have eternal life through them; even they testify on my
behalf. But you do not want to come to me
to have life. I do not accept human praise; moreover,
I know that you do not have the love of
God in you. I came in the name of my
Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another
comes in his own name, you will accept him. How
can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the
only God? Do not think that I will accuse you
before the Father: the one who will accuse you is
Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. For if
you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because
he wrote about me. But if you do not believe
his writings, how will you believe my words?"
Introductory Prayer: Jesus, the gift of
faith permits me to soar higher. I believe in you!
I lend myself to this intricate duty of faith, and
with a hopeful trust, I leap toward your infinite love.
I love you, Lord. I have come to spend this
time with you just because I want to be with
Petition: Lord, help
me to live with purity of intention.
1. Seeking Human Praise:
Jesus said, “I do not accept human praise.” Why? His
Father deserves all the credit for anything that exists because,
after all, he created everything. Knowing and accepting this is
indeed a quick path to holiness. Jesus is God, but
he leaves us a splendid example of how man should
search for God’s glory and not his own. When we
look for our own “fan club,” we are really stripping
God of the glory that he alone deserves. When we
seek praise from men and work hard to be accepted
by them, we are standing before a guillotine that severs
a head from its body. However, by purifying our intentions
and glorifying God alone through all our actions and thoughts,
eternal life is merited for us and for many souls.
2. The Proper
Motives for Our Deeds: Self-seeking doesn’t work. True, selfless love
does. There are some advantages to living a life that
seeks only God’s glory. The benefit achieved is order. We
learn to maintain the proper hierarchy in our values and
to keep things in their place. When parents need to
punish a wayward child, their question is: “Are we punishing
him because he has done something wrong and needs to
be taught a lesson?” Or do they allow their anger
to get the best of them, and the punishment then
becomes a release valve for their fury? Likewise, in our
use of the material goods we have at our disposal,
do we use them out of pure love of God
or only for our comfort?
3. True Peace of Heart: When children do something
wrong, they usually act nervously when their wrongdoing is uncovered.
However, when they are mistakenly blamed, they show a convincing
innocence, and the accuser retracts in time to avoid harm.
The same could be said about purity of intention. If
a soul labors only for God’s glory, then a certain
guarantee of fulfillment necessarily accompanies his destiny. No matter how
many obstacles and misunderstandings might besiege him, the soul who
follows God’s will enjoys peace.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, you teach me in
the Gospel to add a supernatural dimension to all my
enterprises and efforts. This mortal existence on earth is a
mere drop in the ocean compared to eternity that will
quickly engulf me. Help me to do all for your
Resolution: In my conversations today, I
will not brag about myself. I will try
to focus the conversation on the interests of others.