Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Today’s text

Matthew 5:48

You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Perfection is not about arriving. It is about moving toward wholeness, which is what the word actually means, moving … toward completion of what you are.

And what are we? We are individual expressions of the Being of the Creator, the One, the heavenly Father who is love.

We are individual expressions of Love in flesh and bone, heart and mind, each one unique, each one different.

Perfection is not a static state of arrival at a final destination. It is not purity measured by a standard outside our own being and identity.

Perfection, movement toward completion, is walking deeper into that unique expression of Love that we each are.

The patterns of our lives, who are friends are, the work we do, the people we love and treasure might faithfully be assessed by asking, do they allow and empower me to be the deepest truest expression of the Love the Spirit is shaping in me through genetics, my history and experiences?

Do they give me wings and allow my spirit to soar, or do they tie me to the earth so that I am less that God intends?

God seeks to love the world to greater life through each of us. When we fail to take seriously the call to perfection, the Love God is … is less known. The world is less loved. And we are less ourselves, our joy erodes, our beauty fades.

So we seek and find the sacraments that feed our souls, the places, the graces and faces that move us further along the road to the beauty of perfection in love.

That is our life’s task. It is the Spirit’s work. It is difficult, sometimes painful, but nothing else much matters or gives quite so much joy.

Pr. David L. Miller

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