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“Peter apparently wanted to celebrate the feast of Tabernacles or Booths that looked forward to the end and wanted to treat Moses, Elijah, and Jesus as equals by making three shelters (one for each [Matthew 17:4 during the Transfiguration of Jesus]). It was actually a way of expressing honor to Jesus, but the next verse [While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!] makes it clear that it was not enough honor.” (NET Bible, Matthew 17:4]

“The church is not organized simply for the sake of organization but so that Christ can be honored and glorified...don’t lose sight of what is most important in the life of the church—knowing God, working together in loving harmony, and taking God’s Good News to the world…Helping those in need is one of the most important ways to honor God.” (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 10:7-11, 1 Timothy 6:21)

“…solid self-esteem based on God's love for us in our ordinariness offers us a real chance to live nobly and honorably and to help others along the way. Living any other way, with a view of self that is any less than God's view of us, God who wrote our names on the palms of His hands (Is 49:16), is unnecessarily tragic and sad.” (Robert J. Wicks)

“God is good and is not controlled by passions. He does not change. Now someone who thinks it reasonable and true to affirm that God does not change, may well ask how, in that case, it is possible to speak of God as rejoicing over those who are good and showing mercy to those who honor Him, and as turning away from the wicked and being angry with sinners. To this it must be answered that God neither rejoices nor grows angry, for to rejoice and to be offended are passions; nor is He won over by the gifts of those who honor Him, for that would mean He is swayed by pleasure. It is not right that the Divinity feel pleasure or displeasure from human conditions. He is good, and He only bestows blessings and never does harm, remaining always the same.” (St. Anthony)

“Furthermore, the Lord teaches us to shun worldly glory and seek honor from God alone. “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me” (John 8:54). Only recognition from God is truly worth attaining – honor from men sets us up to become the prey of vainglory…If we ardently seek our well-being from on high, we receive the genuine glory of God…honoring God is not something God needs; rather, it is something we need in order to grow into God’s likeness and become fully human in our love of Him and love of others.” (Dynamis 5/20/2014, 5/19/2020; Sacramental Living Ministries)

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