We are called to be holy!
Sunday, February 23, 2020
One day God told Moses to gather the entire community of Israel. God had an important message for them. Moses did as he was told and said to the people – “Be holy for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” They were called to bear no hatred in their hearts, to take no revenge, to cherish no grudge and to love their neighbors as themselves.
Jesus issues a similar command in today’s Gospel. He used the word “perfect” instead of “holy.” Recall what we heard in Genesis: “God created humankind in the divine image.” In each of these stories, the people of God are called to live up to their potential.
What does God’s holiness look like? What does it mean to be perfect? It looks like the younger brother (or sister) who forgives the older sibling who broke their leg in a fight. It looks like (St.) Mother Teresa caring for poor. It looks like Archbishop Oscar Romero speaking out against oppression… What does it look like in your life?
The season of Lent provides a wonderful opportunity to grow in faithfulness. It begins this week with Ash Wednesday. Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm at Lourdes. Ashes will be distributed at each Mass. We turn to ancient practices to awaken our complacent spirits. We pray, fast and give alms. We pray to restore our resilient selves. We pray for an openness that we might hear more fully God’s word.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len