As we begin Holy Week, let’s consider holiness itself. The major religions observe “high holy days” which remind the faithful that the ultimate goal of life is holiness—that everything in one’s life is ordered for the purpose of holiness.
Holiness is participation in the life of God. It is beyond my control and my ability to attain on my own. I can only be open to receive it. It is a grace, a gift that has neither been earned nor merited, but given because God is so good and generous. Saint Paul speaks of his experience of grace when he writes “It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me.”
As we enter the sacred time of Holy Week, let us think about receiving God’s ultimate gift of grace. Instead of asking “Where do I want to go?” ask these questions:
–What is happening in my life?
–How is God helping me to grow in holiness
–Dennis Winschel, MA