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Feast of Saint James

Date: 
Tue, 07/25/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

To sit next to Jesus as he ruled over his Kingdom
would indeed be a position of authority and power.
It would come with exclusive rights and privileges.
It would also be a position of honor.
Anyone who sat immediately to the king’s right
would be held in high regard and would be respected by the subjects of the king
Such a person would exercise great social and political influence.
To be invited to occupy such a position would no doubt raise that person’s sense of esteem.
This type of honor is bestowed as a favor or reward.
It can be motivated by gratitude or affection or even expediency.
 
Public recognition and acclaim is not to be confused with honor as a virtue.
Honor as a virtue has to do with one’s moral conduct.
It is not a distinction accorded to a person from the outside world.
It is anchored in a personal disposition, an inner attitude.
It entails qualities such as wise moderation and inner freedom that rules a person’s thoughts.
A person possessing the virtue of honor does not chase after outward, worldly honor,
and can live without it.
 
Within the context of Christianity, glory and honor is bestowed on us in the act of our creation
for we are created in the image of God.
In turn we show honor to God by offering to him gifts of our substance, by offering first fruits.
 
We recognize and honor our divine origins by acknowledging, maintaining,
and protecting the sacredness of our lives, of all human life.
We recognize and honor the blessing of salvation.
We now belong to Jesus Christ.
We have been acquired as His possessions.
He bought us back.  He paid the ransom price for our liberation
from the dominion and power of sin.
We work to purge ourselves of sin and error and vice…
rid ourselves of all the refuse, the garbage
…that we may be worthy earthen vessels of service to God and neighbor
in and through good works.
 
We conduct ourselves with dignity and treat others with the respect that is due to them.
A person who lives according to the virtue of honor defers to others,
gives to them the preference of honor.
And the virtue of honor is served when all members of the community
are accorded equal footing.
(This last statement is supported in official church documents:
“no special honors are to be paid in the liturgy to any private persons or classes of persons, whether in the ceremonies or by external display” Sacrosanctum Concilium, #32)
 
The path of honor has been mapped out for us by the example of Jesus Christ.
The height of honor is giving glory to God and giving humble service to neighbor.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, You are worthy to receive honor and glory and praise.  Help us to know that because of our created dignity and the outpouring of divine grace, we are worthy and are neighbor is worthy of honor.  When persecuted inspire us to respond honorably.  When afflicted or perplexed give us the strength to respond honorably.  Amen!”
 

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