Thursday, February 16, 2017
by Sister Jane Riha
"Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy." These words from the Book of Leviticus will be proclaimed in the first reading this Sunday. We might ask ourselves, “Seriously, how can I be holy as God is holy?” Perhaps we have grown up with a sense that only certain persons, like saints, can be holy. Holiness does not come in one size. Holiness is for everyone because we are created in God’s image and likeness and as a result the Source of Holiness is within our very soul. Since God’s love is boundless and extravagant, becoming holy is diverse and boundless.
The Scriptures for this Sunday give us wisdom and insight into a holy way of life as disciples. The Gospel is replete with the challenges facing true disciples. Yes, the call to holiness is not the easy road. It involves self-sacrifice, forgiveness, kindness and patience toward those with opposite viewpoints and significantly different lifestyles. Jesus showed us the way, a way that is possible for each of us.
At the heart of our journey is a deep relationship with God. God will direct us and guide us. May the Lord fill your heart with overflowing love!
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