Monday of the First Week of Lent

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The LORD said to Moses,
“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:
Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

Lv 19:1-2, 11-18

In the Gospel reading Mt 25:31-46 Jesus tells His disciples that when He comes in Glory, He will separate the people, just from unjust, good from bad, the goats from the sheep. Moshe delivers the commandment’s, Jesus says:

For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’ 

There are similarities between the law of Moses, and Jesus message. Moses is the thou shall not, and for Jesus it is more blessed are thou who do. Jesus emphasizes the blessing, not the sin. Its the reward and not the punishment.

Think a bit about that separation. The separation of good from bad. Think back to Moses time, isn’t that what happened at the crossing of the Red Sea? Were not the just separated from the unjust? The chosen from the unchosen? Think back even further to that garden of Eden, it was a separation. In all of those separations, where do I stand. Which side of the sea am I on? I often wonder. I think of that Red Sea, and wonder am I the slave or free? I wonder where I am, but I need not ponder on it for too long. It is not where I am that is important, but where I am going. I am not stuck in the mud, I can move. I can change direction, and that’s not because of what I do or don’t do for others. It is because of what Jesus did for me. It was baptismal water that set me free, it gave me forgiveness and choice. The choice of who to follow, where to stand, and who to be. It was those waters that separated me.

 

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