God is the Holy One and commands us to be holy like Him
1st Week of Lent (A) : Monday 27th February 2023
Lev. 19:1-2,11-18; Ps. 18:8-10,15;
Mt. 25:31-46 (Ps. Wk. I)
Our God is a self-revealing God anxious to communicate with us to reveal what He is like. What is God like, then? From Yahweh’s conversation with Moses (today’s first reading), we see God in a bundle of dynamic, loving relationships which bind the Triune God, ourselves and our neighbour together like a triangle.
God tells us He is the Holy One and commands us to be holy like Him. The commandment of holiness is most striking in how God commands us to deal with one another. A God-fearing person makes peace in the family, speaks out firmly against the wrong-doings of fellow countrymen, plays fair with the neighbour’s life and possessions, and gives facility to the deprived and disabled. Here is the kind of person in whom the Holy One works!
The Son of Man, presiding over the Last Judgement in the name of the Father, will single out the holy ones to present them to the Father. They have been holy and compassionate like Jesus of the Gospels, who reveals the Father.
Lord God, may our hearts rejoice in Your commandment of love and compassion. May you be blessed! Amen.