Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
"Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God."
In this week's second reading, Saint Paul invites us to do everything for the glory of God. Though this invitation might seem to be very tame, it has deep implications. It questions the deep reason behind all our actions. What are the real motivations behind our daily behaviors?
That we live in a self-centered and hedonistic society is evident to all of us. Our culture does not foster generosity and self-giving attitudes. Preoccupation with self-advancement, sexual and sensual gratification, and the creation of false human idols-sports, politics, and the arts-drum the behavior of the masses. The greater glory of God seems to be far away from the minds of most of those with whom we live our lives.
How can we create around ourselves an environment which will empower us to give priority to this goal? Some people might think that isolation might be the solution. But isolation negates our role as witnesses to the Gospel in the world. Jesus himself told us that we were in the world but not of the world. This dichotomy challenges us to live with the inner tension of being immersed in the world but not belonging to the world. It takes a mature faith to be able to withstand the forces of the world and its culture which try to engulf us. As in the day of Saint Paul, it is not easy to live a Christian life which aims to do everything for the glory of God.
It is up to each one of us to develop that mature faith. God grants us the graces to live a Christian life, but it is up to each one of us to create that inner personal culture of faith which would enable us to live our lives for the greater glory of God. Faith education plays a very important role in this process. In the same way in which we constantly update ourselves in our professional fields, it is fundamental we do so at the level of our faith formation. Let us make the best of the opportunities offered to us to grow in our faith. Only through a mature faith will we be able to live as Saint Ignatius of Loyola taught his followers: Ad Maiorem Dei Gloria!
-fr. Alberto Rodriguez, O.P.