The Lord spoke to Moses; he said: ‘Speak to the whole community of the sons of Israel and say to them:
‘“Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.
‘“You must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. You must openly tell him, your neighbour, of his offence; this way you will not take a sin upon yourself. You must not exact vengeance, nor must you bear a grudge against the children of your people. You must love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.”’
The reading is the first reading at Mass today, the 7th Sunday in Ordinary time. It is chosen for the Lectionary because of it’s close relationship with the Gospel reading of the Day, which we prayed with on Thursday as part of our preparation for today.
Holiness is God is; but holiness is what we do.
Holiness is something we work for in our living lovingly for others. In that is our imitation of Christ and our aspiring for the holiness of God.
The struggle to live love drives us again and again to the tenderness of God. As we benefit from his love for us, so we have love to share with others.
- What do you receive from God?
- What do you presently lack?
Moses. Church of St Nicolas. Nantes. (c) 2016, Allen Morris