A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

When people speak well of you

In today’s first reading (1 Kings 10:1-10), the Queen of Sheba showers King Solomon with praise (and much more).

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.