A Call to Holiness

After the celebration of Pentecost Sunday, the Church has now entered into Ordinary Season II, a season of hope and growth. Every life should grow and since we have received the Holy Spirit which is the life and breath of every Christian, we have no option but to grow. Anything that has life and refuses to grow, gradually dies.

In our first reading, St. Peter calls us to live HOLY and SAINTLY lives as we wait and long for the Day of God to come. Holiness simply means ‘to be set apart’. My dearly beloved, we need to know that St. Peter is calling us to what we were created for. We were created in the image and likeness of God. Holiness is God’s nature so it is ours too. Insofar as we live holy lives, we are at peace with God; but when we live otherwise, we break our relationship and friendship with God. This causes us to hide from Him when we hear His voice as we see in the life of our first parents.

Holiness is not only what we have been created for; it is a command and a calling – Be holy just as your heavenly Father is holy. Since we acknowledge God as our Father we don’t have an option when it comes to holiness. Holiness, my dear sister and brother, is not something extraordinary but ordinary and for all. For me, holiness is giving honour and glory to God in the ordinary things we do or say. That means being cautious that our words, actions and inactions are pleasing to God is all that holiness entails.

According to Mother Teresa, “Holiness grows fast where there is kindness”. I have never heard of kind souls going astray. The world is lost for want of sweetness and kindness and the restoration of this sweetness back into the world starts with you and me. Let’s be kind towards people who come our way. The Holy Saints who we venerated for their holiness, were just like us – human. What set them apart was the kind of life they lived to glorify God.

We can walk that path of holiness, but we cannot achieve it by our own strength; only by grace. This grace is the Holy Spirit, and we already have Him. Holiness is the garment we need to experience the future that we are all awaiting, the new heaven and the new earth that St. Peter talks of. You don’t want to be left behind so strive to be holy, for without holiness, no one will see the face of God. (Heb.12:14)
(2 Pt 3:12-15a,17-18; Ps. 90; Mk. 12:13-17)

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