EG 267: For the Greater Glory

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdaleneIt shouldn’t be a surprise that a Jesuit writes of the “greater glory.” The canticle of evening prayer (Ephesians 1:3-10) reminds us of God’s motivation to save us through Christ, and our response of praise to God is part of our very human condition.

By believing in Christ, and committing to a Christian life, this human aspect is awakened in us. We have only to cultivate it.

267. In union with Jesus, we seek what he seeks and we love what he loves. In the end, what we are seeking is the glory of the Father; we live and act “for the praise of his glorious grace” (Eph 1:6). If we wish to commit ourselves fully and perseveringly, we need to leave behind every other motivation. This is our definitive, deepest and greatest motivation, the ultimate reason and meaning behind all we do: the glory of the Father which Jesus sought at every moment of his life. As the Son, he rejoices eternally to be “close to the Father’s heart” (Jn 1:18). If we are missionaries, it is primarily because Jesus told us that “by this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit” (Jn 15:8). Beyond all our own preferences and interests, our knowledge and motivations, we evangelize for the greater glory of the Father who loves us.

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is available online.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to EG 267: For the Greater Glory

  1. John McGrath says:

    Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. My favorite childhood prayer, now in English of course, and that’s a good thing. The basis of our thanksgiving is simply that God exists. Which means we exist. God is, therefore I am, we are. The specific good things we are blessed with are secondary.

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