Be holy … as the Lord your God is holy!

thMarch 4, 2014        1 Peter 1:10-16;  Mark 10:28-31

How did we … and how would many young people today answer the question … “what do you want to be?”   How many would say,  “I want to be a saint”?

Interesting thought!   Yet … God calls us to be saints within the life He intends for us.

In the first reading … Peter lays out the path to saintliness.  “set your hopes completely on grace” he says … and “just as He who called you is holy … be holy yourselves.”

So … what does it mean to be holy?  Is it action?  Is it attitude?  Is it visible?  Is it invisible?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes.  It is all of that … and more.

Guest blogger: smas

Here’s what our popes say about holiness … Benedict XVI … “Holiness does not not consist in NOT making mistakes or never sinning.  Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all, with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness.”

John Paul II … True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, a school and at work, and in social and political involvement.”

Pope Francis … Let us allow God’s holiness be transmitted to us. Every Christian is called to holiness; and holiness does not consist, first and foremost, in doing extraordinary things, but rather in letting God act. It is the encounter between our weakness and the strength of His grace”.

These are words of wisdom on this day before we formally begin another Lenten season.  Be holy … as the Lord your God is holy!cropped-ecstmtsmall.jpg

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