In today’s Gospel reading from John 14, Jesus says, “Whoever loves me will keep my word…whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” You love Jesus, right? So, do you keep His words? A good litmus test for all we do.
We have a very interesting first reading today from Acts 14. Paul sees a crippled man, lame from birth, who exhibits much faith. So Paul says to him, “Stand up straight on your feet.” The man gets up and starts walking around. He is healed. Upon seeing this, the people begin to worship Paul and Barnabas as gods, going so far as to offer sacrifice to them. Paul and Barnabas set them straight, telling them, “We are of the same nature as you, human beings.” They then tell them that it is God alone who does great things. The Responsorial Psalm from Psalm 115 drives home the message. “Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give glory.”
People love to be noticed. We often go out of our way to get attention. I believe that we should always strive to do great things. But when we accomplish great things, we must always remember where the credit should go. And it is not to ourselves. While we can do great things, we can not do great things on our own power. All the gifts that we have come from God. And so all the glory should go to God.
Father, help us to always give credit where credit is due. As the Psalmist said – Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give glory. Amen.