I had never heard about Elbert Hubbard before stumbling upon his quote. He looks to have been an interesting fellow who died with his wife on the Lusitania when it was torpedoed in May 1915.
His quote struck me as I have been reflecting recently on the nature of religion and on what it means to be “religious”.
This week I am preparing for the homily for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time. I may lead with this quote as one possible theme for the week as captured in the following from Luke’s gospel:
‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship… Luke 16:1-13)
What is it God looks for in that moment we are called to account for the ‘wealth’, the gifts we have been given?
I may not know the answer, but I find myself agreeing with Elbert that God will not be looking for our medals or diplomas.