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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Suffering for the sake of glory will not always be honored by men. But suffering for the sake of love will always be glorified by God - Daily Bible Reflections April 20,2014

EASTER SUNDAY
 
LOVE, NOT GLORY
 
“Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things to enter into his glory?”– Luke 24:26
 
During the height of typhoon Sendong on December 17, 2012, Doyo Lauron braved the raging floods with all his might to save nine strangers. He swam, dragged them out of the flood and put them on the roof of his house. But after rescuing nine people, his daughter suddenly fell off the roof. He tried to save his daughter, but he died as he fatally hit his head on a solid object.
       Doyo was a competitive swimmer back in the ‘80s and won several medals from 1984 to 1987 in Northern Mindanao regional sports events. But the most glorious moment in his swimming career was not when he received a gold medal. It was when he gave his all to save lives.
       I believe that at the height of Sendong, Doyo didn’t even think of being gloriously regarded as a hero. What drove him was his love for all the people he tried to rescue.
       It’s the same with Jesus Christ. I believe that it wasn’t His glorious resurrection after three days that drove Him to endure suffering and death. It was His love for us. Velden Lim (veldenlim@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Suffering for the sake of glory will not always be honored by men. But suffering for the sake of love will always be glorified by God.
 
Lord, more than the promised glory, may love drive me as I endure my suffering.
 
St. Beuno, abbot, pray for us.

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