Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 11, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Whatever you did for these least brothers of mine, you did for me. (see Matthew 25:40)
Too often holiness is associated only with the Saints, people whose lives are recorded in Church history as extraordinarily devoted to God, those who accomplished great things or suffered persecution, imprisonment and even death for promoting the Faith. Indeed, we enjoy placing them on high pedestals far beyond our reach, thus allowing us to relax and to minimally fulfill the prescribed outward signs of piety. On the opposite end are those who equate holiness with a perennial smile, who practically live in church by volunteering for every task, secretly convinced that the parish could not survive without them.
Considered in their entirety, today's readings clearly define holiness not only by outward behavior and service, but by the quality of our relationships with our fellow humans. In actuality, holiness can be equated with love, by the condition and motivations of our hearts. Of ourselves we cannot manufacture pure and genuine love, for its only source is God. We grow in holiness as we grow in His love, and we learn to truly love as we draw close to Christ to see in His words and actions the purity, self-giving and suffering love (holiness) lived out by Him on this earth.
God invites us to share in Christ's life, and grow to resemble Him that we may become His brothers and sisters through adoption. Holiness is growing inwardly, allowing our hearts to expand, to embrace with love every soul we meet, even those we deem unlovable; to do so, we should reflect honestly on our own past "unlovable" behavior. Such is God's universal requirement for humanity.
O God of all mercy, help us hear Your Son, that through His blessed Word, His love and truth, we may be enabled to make Him known in this world so all may share in His eternal blessings. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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