The Old Testament reading for today from the Lectionary Page is Leviticus 19:1–2,11–18 and it begins by stating:
“The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them:
You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.”
The passage continues by listing ethical commands that we find within the Ten Commandments.
God was calling the ancient Hebrews to emulate the holiness that belongs truly to God Almighty. But can we, as individuals, truly experience the holiness that God calls us to embrace?
God knows that we are human and that our basic nature is challenged to adopt a way of thinking and living that is not always in tune with the sacredness that God asks us to embrace willingly. Our Christian season of Lent provides us with the opportunity to focus on the holiness of God and to be challenged to live a holy and sacred life.
I know that I can never succeed in meeting God’s expectations, but I do know that God walks with me as I fail in this endeavor and is always there encouraging me to try again tomorrow.
It’s really about progress and not perfection.
Consider meditating today on the command that “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”
May you have a holy and blessed day.