In Christian theology, to glorify a person means to draw the attention and praise of others to that person. For example, if I try to get people to notice how wise and generous my friend is, then I am glorifying my friend.

St. Ignatius Loyola liked to remind Christians that our fundamental mission is to glorify God. Just as Jesus did, we labor to draw people’s attention to the God who loves them.

God made an irrevocable commitment to the human race by becoming a human being in Jesus. Now the task of Christians is to spread the word, so that people can rejoice in that truth.

On the feast of the Epiphany, Christians remember the three wise men who came from afar to praise the Christ child, and who then returned to their own countries to spread the word. Epiphany marks the beginning of God’s glorification.

—Fr. Barton Geger, SJ, is a research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies and Assistant Professor of the Practice at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College.


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