Week of February 23rd – The call to holiness

“Be Holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” – Leviticus 19.

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – 1Corinthians 3.

A stainglass window in a church in Germany
A stain glass window in a church in Germany

Tall orders and wonderful promises.  These words from Sunday, February 23rd speak to the simple, very direct, humanly challenging heart of faith:  Love one another, even those who don’t love us in return.  And know that you are loved and worthy of love.  Here lies holiness and perfection!

Jesus  calls us to remember “love one another as I love you” (John 15:12).  We must draw near to God and experience that we are indeed temples of God and God’s Spirit is within us!  Such a realization may help us notice that each person carries the Spirit of God in the temple of their being.  Perhaps this can help us respond in love.

Seeking to respond to this call and experience of love and holiness the Sisters

gathered together to celebrate the ultimate act of love in the Eucharistic Liturgy on Monday evening in a way perhaps the first Apostles and followers did – in a small communal space.

welcomed middle school students for a pizza party in gratitude for their acts of service and generosity in support of the Sisters’ food cupboard ministry.  The students also learned about the Sisters’ community garden in hopes that they will be able to volunteer to help grow healthy nourishing food for others.

assisted at a local soup kitchen ministry, providing a meal, for individuals experiencing homelessness during this cold winter.

remembered the lives and example of a two of Sisters who have gone before us but who would have celebrated their birthdays this week.  Their lives of selfless love and service continue to inspire.

took time to be present to others in daily encounters throughout our ministries and in phone conversations.  So many individuals and their families carry heavy burdens of illness and the accompanying emotional and spiritual distress.

In the coming week may you take time to reflect on the temple of God that you are and practice small acts of kindness and love for the other temples of God around you.