And when they had come into the house,
they saw the young Child with Mary His mother,
and fell down and worshiped Him.
(6th century mosaic of the Magi / the New Basilica of St. Apollinaris / Ravenna, Italy)
To whom and to what is honor placed…?
where goes esteem, recognition, respect?
The word honor as a noun dates to the 12th century and
to the 13th century as a verb.
It has been both earned as well as bestowed.
It sets apart one from both the ordinary and the average.
It denotes special,
It becomes recognition,
It is to venerate,
It is to worship
and it is to heap praise.
It is to set above.
Entertainers, politicians, leaders and athletes each receive accolades and honors galore.
And yet what of our Creator…
What of the author of all that was, all that is and all that is to come?
That unseen entity that is quickly forgotten and flippantly relegated to the periphery of consciousness?
We dishonor God most deeply when we give honor to people and receive honor from them.
We should give each other love, not honor.
All honor belongs to God alone in Christ.
Truly an earth shattering thought….
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under
the earth and on the sea, and all things in them,
I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb,
be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”