Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy
Let’s imagine. Imagine what life would be like if we saw ourselves as “holy people who have sinned” instead of “sinners who are trying to become holy”. Imagine how the world would be different if we treated one another and all of God’s creation as holy. Just imagine.
We have been created in the image of God. God is holy and consequently, we too, are holy. Yes, indeed, we are human and through our power to choose, we act in ways that do not honor our holiness or the holiness of others. But our choices in behavior do not change our innate being. Meister Eckhart tells us that “People should not worry as much about what they do but rather about what they are. If they and their ways are good, then their deeds are radiant. If you are righteous, then what you do will also be righteous. We should not think that holiness is based on what we do but rather on what we are, for it is not our works which sanctify us but we who sanctify our works.” The challenge in our spiritual journey is to learn to live into the holiness that God has gifted to us.
Jesus is the divine gift that will help us on this journey. His life is an example of how we can live into our holiness, how we can match our thoughts and actions with whom we are. He shows us how to love God, love ourselves, and love our neighbors. His story shows the struggles of being human and the gift of being one with God.
So for today, let’s hold tight to the knowledge that we are holy. Let’s strive today to see this truth, grasp it, believe it, and show it to the world. Then we won’t have to image the change in the world, we will see it.