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 popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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