Zephaniah 3:20

"At that time I will bring you home,
at the time when I gather you together;
yea, I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes," says the LORD.

One curious difficulty which troubles many Christians is the idea that the saints are to be honored, venerated, celebrated and made a fuss over.  Catholics and Orthodox have a relationship with the saints which strikes many non-Catholics as somewhere between idolatrous and extraneous.  Why not just honor God?  Why all the extra to-do about saints?  Today's verse give the basic reason: God makes a fuss about saints.  To love him is to love those he loves.  To praise them is to praise their God.  It's not a zero sum game.  Jesus Christ came to make ugly people beautiful.  When an artist works that hard, it's hardly polite to ignore his masterpiece.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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