March 10 – Monday, First Week of Lent

“Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.”  Leviticus 19:1-2

What a loving word. If we listen deeply, we learn two things about the power of God’s love for us. First, it’s intensely relational. We belong to him, and are to e like him. Second, he sees the best for us. We don’t always wake up feeling like we will be holy today. But he sees this destiny for us, and he asks us to claim it.

How? The next verses in Leviticus, and the Last Judgment story from Matthew, help. Both are highly practical. We’re to be fair to our neighbor, rich or poor, visit the sick, feed the hungry. Our desire to do this comes from his love, and in caring for others, holiness takes flesh.

This is our Lenten food. Instead of filling our stomachs, for these 40 days at least, we look to the good of the other. And so even our Lenten days shine with Easter Light.

Read: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18, Psalm 19:8-10, 15, Matthew 25:34-46

 

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