Being holy is not being perfect all the time

Post date: Feb 21, 2014 4:57:16 PM

23 February 2014 ( Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time )

[Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18] [1 Corinthians 3:16-23] [Matthew 5:38-48]

Some people say “I’m not going to church – it’s full of hypocrites!” But some would reply “Not a problem, we can always make room for one more!” This week’s readings call us to be holy! Does it mean that we can never commit any wrong? Hardly! The gospel reading says that we, as Christians, should love our enemy, pray for those who persecute us and offer no resistance to the wicked. To those who hit us on our left cheek, offer them our right as well. And to those who sue us for our tunic let them have our coat for good measure! How many of us can measure up to the exacting demands of our faith!!!? Surely God knows that we are only human! Being holy is to allow the grace of God to affect our attitudes and actions in the messy situations we encounter in our lives. Oftentimes the results of our efforts will fall short of perfection. But so long as our actions do not stem from our pride, the grace of God covers for us!