We have reflected on the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary. What about the Glory Be? What can be found there in that prayer which could bring new insight and change into our spiritual walk as the other prayers of the Rosary did?
It is really very simple, just as the prayer is. Break it down into three.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit—this is our declaration of our belief in the three in One God—the Trinity. But is there anything else here in this prayer that can be broke down into three?
Let us continue---1) As it was in the beginning— 2) is now---3) and ever shall be world without end.
Break it down. AS IT---what is IT? The Glory be to God for all that was at the beginning. All of the heavens and acknowledged His greatness, His love and His detail that He went to; which made sure EVERYTHING was created and done out of His love of us. He did all for His glory, but also for love of us—to bring MANKIND into this world. If not the total detailed creating of the entire universe—WE, you and I could not exist at this moment and this time---NOW.
That brings us to IS NOW. Here is where we His people stumble and fall. We fail to notice and appreciate and give to God the glory for ALL that is NOW in our lives. The other day at Mass as I listened to the parishioners, including myself, say the Hosanna prayer----IT WAS PATHETIC!! You could barely hear the voices say “Hosanna, hosanna to God in the highest.” Come on admit it---what does your parish sound like as we say the Gloria or the Hosanna on Sunday? Or the Great AMEN!! Unless you are in a Holy Spirit filled Catholic Church---we as a people of faith have forgotten just how MIGHTY a God we serve. We have come to take for granted His love and His Presence there amongst us at Mass. We are known by our fruits—so perhaps we need to stir up the ground some and become more enthusiastic and productive with our love of God. As one fellow blogger put it, "there are Catholics and there are catholics."
In our daily life, where is our Glory and Praise to you God for what is happening NOW? In Philippians Chapter 4 v 4 we are told to “Rejoice* in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! 5Your kindness* should be known to all. The Lord is near. 6Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. 7Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Don’t know about you, but honey I tend to forget all too often that part about rejoicing in the LORD ALWAYS. How can you, you ask? Well you know how God works in Mysterious ways, His wonders to behold! His ways are above our ways and everything happens for a purpose and a reason. All this is from Scripture. So if it is happening, God is happening too, and in our love and trust in Him—we can give Him thanks and praise in all things. Not for all things, IN all things. We do not give thanks for a tornado coming our way--but we can give thanks for God delivering us and protecting us during the storm approaching and for taking it back up where it came from too. See the difference? Praise Him and thank Him for what He is going to do to see you through--whatever is happening.
St. Paul also tells us in 1 Thessalonians Vs 14 to “Rejoice always. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 * Do not quench the Spirit.”
That last part is crucial, for when we fail to see God happening in all the events of our life—are we quenching the work of the Holy Spirit in our life? Think on this. I believe we are. For if we cast away what is unpleasant and try to be rid of it or avoid it---then we stay a child (with a pouty face no less.)
So #2 leads to the very last of the Glory Be. “And ever shall be world without end—Amen.”
Could it be that for us to get to the final GLORY of God forever and ever for all eternity—we need to LIVE fully this life of faith and trust in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and give unto them NOW, and Always---the glory, thanks and praise that is due to Them for all of our life and whatever comes our way? Sounds truth to me.
The Glory Be—here we thought all this time it was the least of our three prayers learned as a child? Wow, maybe not, and maybe it is a key to a newer closer walk with our God.
As for the Apostles Creed, ah, come on now—you are tuned into the same Holy Spirit that I am---so pray that prayer very slowly and really listen to what it says to your heart.
I also encourage you to go and reread the Cana Wedding Invitation blog to learn how meditating on the rosary mysteries along with Adoration can bring about deep healing and inner healing into your spirit—and your parish too. http://www.catholic365.com/article/707/would-you-like-to-be-invited-to-a-cana-wedding.html
God bless ya now, and keep giving God the Glory!