Some people organize their lives around the love of money; others do so around the love of pleasure or power. Still others make honor–the esteem of others–the central value. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus criticizes all of these false gods, and in today’s passage, he focuses on this last problem. The key, he suggests, is to order one’s life so that winning the esteem of God is all that finally matters. Why play to the fickle, unreliable crowd? In all of your thoughts, words and actions, play to the divine audience–and you will find liberation and joy.
The Trouble With Honor
Cycle COrdinary TimeWeek 22
by Bishop Robert BarronAugust 29, 2004
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- Faith When You’re Frustrated with God
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- How Blaise Pascal Helped Me Through the “Suscipe” of St. Ignatius
- The Pursuit of Healing: Can Our Traumas Be Transcended Through Time?
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- The Encouraging Anger of the Atheist
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- Beauty Will Save the World—But How? Part V: Liturgical Iconography
- The Problem of Divine Hiddenness with Dr. Travis Dumsday
- Breaking Out of the Prison of Self-Invention
- Salir de la Prisión de la Autoinvención
- The Sacred Heart: Catholics Have a Personal Savior Too
- Resisting the Great Christian Adventure
- Come Back to Mass!
- The Wise Mentors and Why You and I Need Them