February 23, 2014 M. Rebecca
Lev 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23;Mt 5:38-48
Today’s readings are calling us to seek holiness. “Be holy, for I the Lord your God, am holy”. Since Vatican II, the Church has repeatedly spoken of this “universal call to holiness”. However, “to be holy” is not one of the top 10 ways I would personally use to describe my call or my desire. A call to love, a call to be like Christ, a call to make known God’s love to others…yes!...but a call to be holy leaves me a little uncomfortable. I remember sending a spiritual book to a friend. It was called “Holiness” by Donald Nichols. When she opened the package in front of her friend, she saw the title “Holiness” and quickly stuffed it back in the envelope so her friend wouldn’t see it. How did this desire for holiness become embarrassing? How does one even decide when or if a person is holy? What does it mean to be holy?