After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Personal Reflection and Discussion
- From Merriam-Webster the definition of glorify: transitive verb. 1a : to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration. b : to elevate to celestial glory.
- When you think of “glory,” what images come to mind?
- What are things that are glorified in society today? How do you know that these things are glorified?
- For what is Jesus praying in v. 1 “the time has come. Glorify your Son….” (see Jn 12:23-33)?
- What are the top five priorities in your life? What do your priorities tell you about what/who you glorify?
Jesus, most people when they hear the word “glory” think of power or splendor, however, in John’s Gospel, glory is expressed and seen primarily in Your love. Easter Sunday is a demonstration of Your power, even death cannot contain or defeat you. However, Your glory is seen most demonstratively, not on Easter, but on Good Friday. We glorify You primarily because of Your love. Apart from Your love, Your power would be something to fear, rather than something for which we glorify You. Thank you for loving us with a never-ending, unconditional love. Amen.
Greek Word of the Day
English Word: glorify | Transliterated Word: Doxazo (Doz-ad-zo)
Glory, render (or esteem), glory, honor, magnify, (be) praise(d)
From doxa : glory
Family Engagement Activity
We glorify God when we love Him and do what he commands. Memorize Deuteronomy 6:5 together: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Listen to this song throughout the day: Love the Lord by Lincoln Brewster
Ask your family what their five biggest priorities are in life. What do they tell you about who/what you glorify? Consider reprioritizing, if needed. When students get confirmed, they are quick to say that their life goals include careers, money making, and comfortable living. None of these are wrong in and of themselves, but do they glorify God? Does your family have at least ONE priority that is not dependent on anything else except the love of Christ?
Going Activities To Consider
Today, Glorify (bestow honor, praise or admiration) someone. Send a text, email or card to that person.
Write down your five biggest priorities. Who or what do they glorify? Consider revising, if need be. Talk to a mentor about this.