Seeking to be perfect in all areas of life, at our work place, in our relationships, as spouses, in sport, is quite natural. Yet, some people do not seek perfection. It seems that in our day and age, we are more and more seeking popularity, money, and pleasure as ends in themselves. But what does our Creator and heavenly Father call us to become?

The command of God revealed to Moses is to be understood for every human being: “Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Lev.19,1-2). Thus, it would be

foolishness on our part to ignore God’s command since holiness also means happiness! If we do understand and ponder the Commandments of God as the only means to true freedom from the slavery of sin, we also grow in hope. There is a link from cause to effect between obedience and hope as there is between disobedience and despair. Experience shows it. So, if we do want to be happy, it is wise to read the Commandments of God and the ones added by Jesus when we prepare for our every fortnight or monthly confession.

Have we at some time felt such a great anger against someone who hurt us as to want to take vengeance “eye for eye, tooth for tooth”?

God commanded us to love one another and to forgive one another. Whom may I still hold grudges against?

God said: “Be holy, for I, Yahweh your God, am holy”, do we believe this is possible or do we doubt?

St Paul reminds us that our body is the sacred temple of the Lord with the Holy Spirit dwelling in it. Abortionists who destroy the tiny “temples” of God are in great need of our prayers so that they can stop their “massacre of the holy Innocents” of our time before their Final Judgment. No one will escape it. We pray for them so that they truly repent before they die.

As to the sins of the flesh which shame us so much, it is the frequent reception of the  sacrament of Reconciliation that restores grace and peace in our soul.

Among the new commandments that Jesus added to the first Law, perhaps we can be particularly attentive to live out this very challenging one:

“…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and   calumniate you so that you may be children of your Father in heaven….” (Mt.5,44-45)

 

Fr. Antoine

 

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