When people speak well of you
In the midst of such praise, the words of our Lord come to mind (Luke 6:26):
Woe to you, when all men speak well of you.
As we will hear in tomorrow’s first reading, wise King Solomon – even he! – would end up being led astray.
It feels good to be praised and we should feel good (to the level appropriate) about the good we do.
But we must beware the traps of the world and of those who would manipulate us with praise (false and otherwise).
We must beware the praise of men and the enticements of this world.
We must instead be realistic, humble, and focused on the glory of God.