1 Samuel 25:27; John 12

John 12:42-43 Nevertheless, many, even among the authorities, believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not acknowledge it openly in order to not be expelled from the synagogue.  For they preferred human praise to the glory of God.

I have a Keanu Reeves “woah” moment when I hear profess-to-be-practicing Catholic politicians play the “I am personally against <fill in the blank> but don’t feel it is right for me to impose my beliefs upon other people” card.  Thankfully they don’t think that way about first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and rape.  But even worse is when they openly embrace that which is contrary to the teachings of the Church.  They not only scandalize but create a veneer of Catholic acceptability for their scandal.  Our pastor in a recent homily in an impassioned moment declared the good thing about these troubling times is that good and evil are getting increasingly easy to distinguish.  He said people sometimes rebuke him that not everything is black and white, and his reply is “Hey, I wear black and white.”  My pastor is a serious guy with a sense of humor, like Jesus.  (see “Feed them yourselves.”)

But what about me?  When have I preferred human praise to the glory of God?  Something to reflect on long and hard for sure.

GOD’S ANSWER: Your entire life is ultimately the answer to that question.  You do not want “He preferred human praise to the glory of God” to be your epitaph, believe Me.

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