Glorifying God is our best moment
HINTS AND TRACES - Fr. Roy Cimagala (The Freeman) - January 11, 2018 - 12:00am

It's when we manage to glorify God always in our thoughts, words and deeds, that we would have the best time here on earth, the highest "high" we can ever attain in this life.That's simply because glorifying God constitutes the best act of love we can give God, our Creator and Father.

Glorifying God can only mean we are giving everything to Him, the good things and also the repented bad things, all the way to our death.

It is an act of total self-giving and submission to Him. Through it, we empty ourselves completely to fill ourselves only with God. It is where we unite ourselves to Him completely and share in His own glory.

Glorifying God presumes that we do it out of love, of freedom, and of total gratuitousness corresponding to God's total, gratuitous love for us.

God Himself, through Christ, has to empty Himself by becoming man, out of love for us. This is the language of love. One empties himself to fill himself with his beloved. We achieve this self-emptying and God-filling when we glorify God.

We should see to it that whatever we do, we should try our best to glorify God. St. Paul precisely said as much: "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Cor 10,31)

We may have to make a very deliberate effort to do this,especially in the beginning. Hopefully, time will come that after doing this many times, it will become a habit to us.

Glorifying God will not reduce our humanity or distort it.Instead, it will enhance our humanity to reach its peak development. It can only mean that we can take on anything in this life, whether it is humanly deemed good or bad, big or small, ordinary or extraordinary, etc. With the proper understanding of our faith, everything can be an occasion to glorify God.

It will make us above the ups and downs of life even as we go through its twists and turns. It will give us joy and peace. A sense of confidence permeates our whole life.

We need to do some rehearsal to make glorifying God a habit in us. We must activate our faith to be able to relate everything to God, and use them to glorify God.

We must avoid from being restricted by relying only on some human standards of achieving joy and peace. We have to rely on our faith that gives us the whole picture and provides us with all necessary means to achieve joy and peace on earth. That way, we can manage to glorify God.

The more we empty ourselves and give ourselves to God, the more we will unite ourselves with Him, the more He fills us with His graces. Saint Bernard expressed this truth beautifully: "Nothing is lacking when everything is given."

Yes, everything has to be given, including our rest and recreation, our problems and failures, our difficulties and trials.Nothing is useless in terms of glorifying God. Everything can be made use of!

roycimagala@gmail.com

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