John 1:1-3, 14, 12
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
The Word of God
became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
To those who accepted him,
he gave power to become children of God.
1 Corinthian 1:1-3
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus
by the will of God,
and Sosthenes our brother,
to the church of God that is in Corinth,
to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus,
called to be holy,
with all those everywhere who call upon
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
their Lord and ours.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.
God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity. Since only holy people will see God face to face, that means as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, we are all called to be holy.
That sounds so daunting, doesn’t it? How do we become holy?
The answer: By putting on the armor of God.
As St. Paul counseled us in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:
“Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
St. Paul gave us the manual!
Here’s the manual on how to be holy:
- Resist and fight evil — the devil and human evil-doers.
- Love and speak the truth.
- Be righteous, i.e., be morally right and good — the opposite of “judge not” moral relativism.
- Have faith in and be faithful to God.
- And remember we can’t do this by ourselves, but only by drawing our strength from the Lord. Ask Him to help you.
I want to be holy, and I want you to be holy. Let us help each other to become holy!
And may the peace and truth and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,