Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Rejoice and Be Glad
. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it expressed in the Lord’s words to Abraham: “Walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen 17:1).
2. What follows is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification. My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. For the Lord has chosen each one of us “to be holy and blameless before him in love."(Eph 1:4)
I am going to be sharing bits of this wonderful exhortation that was released yesterday on the Feast of the Annunciation. It is 98 pages but Pope Francis has really made the call to holiness understandable and necessary for all of us to both ponder and put into practice. I am sorry that I am late today with this. You can find the entire text at vatican.va