"Worthy are you, Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things;
because of your will they came to be
and were created."
(Rev 4:11)

Glory is fundamentally a radiance which is first within being itself and which radiates from it. Take for example our sun. It is a brilliant ball of light energy whose rays, colors,heat and energy touches everything in its path. It energizes life on earth and keeps shining day after day, generation after generation seemingly without end. Without it, our world would be extremely cold and lifeless.

God is intrinsic greatness, majesty, brilliance, depth and awesomeness. He is power, wisdom, goodness, truth, beauty, etc., in short, God's glory consists of "All His attributes to infinity in perfect balance. Everything He does is simply a reflection of His glory." (Greg Herrick ) "Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you - majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" (Ex 15:11) And again,"The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft." (Ps 19:2) Even the angels testify to this, "'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!" they cried one to the other. "All the earth is filled with his glory!" Man and woman stand at the pinnacle of the visible creation and manifest the glory of God because they are created in his image and likeness having intelligence and free will.

Why did God create?

God is the beginning and end of all creatures and He creates them for his own glory. "Everyone who is named as mine, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." (Is 43:7) This may sound selfish but it is not because we depend on his goodness for our glory; without God we cease to exist. Even the Son of God who was with the glory of the Father before the world began, took on a human nature to glorify his Father he said, "I honor my Father, ....I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the one who judges." (Jn 2:49-50)

Creatures already participate in God's glory because they reflect God's attributes. Intelligent creatures endowed with reason and free will also participate in knowing God and loving Him in a supernatural way because He is their ultimate bliss. God created the universe for his own glory, not to increase his glory which is infinite, but to show it forth and communicate it to his creatures. Or, to put in in more classical terms, God created us to know, love and serve Him in this world and to be happy with him forever in heaven. This God accomplished through his Son, the Son of Man as we read in Hebrews, " We do see Jesus "crowned with glory and honor" because he suffered death, he who "for a little while" was made "lower than the angels," that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering." (Hb 2:10-11)

God's likeness in Christ given to us in Baptism is not a static reality but a living communion between God and Man which requires the use of our free will. This is why man must pray daily, offer God worship and live an upright life because in so doing man participates increasingly in God's glory. In singing psalm and liturgical hymns we praise God and participate in His glory even in this life.

(Please click image to hear and sing)

Composer: Dan Schutte
Musician: Renatus Foldenauer, CSC
Singer: Bro. Gilbert Pretto, CSC

R- Glory and praise to our God,
Who alone gives light to our days.
Many are the blessings He bears,
To those who trust in His ways.