#A CALL TO HOLINESS#
In Ghana, the Akans have a saying which goes like this: "a crab does not give rise to a bird🐦." What this means is that, what a crab is, is what it gives rise to & what a bird🐦 is, is also what it gives rise to. Just as a bird🐦 cannot give rise to a crab so a crab cannot give rise to bird🐦.
The God that we serve is a God of holiness; God is holy & holiness is God. Holiness is that which defines the very essence & being of God.
The Prophet Isaiah puts it in Isaiah 6:3 when he says "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts." We proclaim this holiness of God whenever we celebrate Holy Mass & participate in other devotions.
In the last line of today's first reading (I Peter 1:10-16), God through St. Peter tells us to be holy when He says “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” This invitation is not just limited to the Clergy, Religious or Seminarians, but to all.
A holy person is not just a person who cannot sin, but a sinner in need of grace; a person who gets up after falling. May be you do not have a good reputation; may be you do not see yourself in a positive light, but the Lord is calling you to a life of holiness.
My dear parent, brother & sister, you have what it takes to be holy. Holiness is indeed a struggle & with the help of God’s grace we can surely get there.
DON’T ONLY EXHIBIT HOLINESS IN CHURCH, BUT WHEREVER YOU FIND YOURSELF ELSE THIS WOULD LEAD TO EXHIBITIONISM.
HOLINESS SHOULD BE REAL & NOT FAKE.
HOLINESS SHOULD NOT SEEK TO PLEASE PEOPLE, BUT GOD.
HOLINESS IS A MUST FOR YOU; IT IS NOT AN OPTION.
HOLINESS DOES NOT END IN THIS LIFE, UNTIL DEATH.
YOUR HOLINESS MUST MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON & IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF OTHERS.
HOLINESS IS A GIFT FROM GOD (cf. Pope Francis); PRAY FOR THIS GIFT NOW.
May God overshadow you with His presence, may the holiness of God be made evident in your life, the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit.