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  • Sarah Beth Dippel


Today's first reading from Leviticus says, "Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy." Then the Lord goes on to tell Moses all the ways one should act to become holy. Today's Psalm says, "The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul."

Blessedly, our Catholic faith teaches that we can become perfect like our Father is perfect. I am not an irredeemable pile of poo that the Lord covers over. No, I am made in the image and likeness of my God, and He expects me to use this holy season of Lent to dig deeper, to shake free of my lukewarm faith, and work on an ever more intimate union with Him.

The Lord calls us to know Him more intimately so that we can be like Him. Two of my favorite modern-day saints, JPII and Mother Teresa, spent copious hours with the Lord. You cannot be like someone you do not know.

Think about this for today: you can't fix the world, you cannot change another single soul if you don't change yourself first. Yes, I'm talking about that beam in your eye (and mine!) We either live wholely for the Lord, or we are lukewarm, and as today's Gospel tells us, "a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Sheep are God's people. Goats are unrepentant sinners. Don't be a goat! #livinglent2

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