Friday, the 21st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Giles
Readings for today’s Mass
From several other New Testament writings, multiple authors share the same sentiment. Sometimes it is a call to the Christian community as a whole to be holy and blameless; sometimes it's an individual mandate to be holy in both spirit and body.
But it seems that the call to holiness is an invitation to the whole person, not just to sexual behavior. Perhaps the New Testament writers have learned well from the Laws of Moses where the same admonition is found numerous times: Sanctify yourselves, then, and be holy; for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.
Another bit of advice, primarily in the New Testament, carries the same importance. In Matthew's gospel, Jesus tells us to "be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect".
So what does that really mean to be holy and perfect? i'd bet that for everyone i ask, i'd get a different answer. The writers don't spell it out for us so maybe it is individual to each person. Perhaps there are different ways of living holiness, depending on the person seeking it. There is one example offered in Jesus' answer when an anonymous someone approached him and asked what he needed to do to be perfect:( caution, these are harsh words) "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
What is holiness for you? What do you do to move yourself in the direction of holiness? How do you know if it is working?