There are those who desire justice and yearn for righteousness with similar intensity. At times they may, but so be it. There is also non-hierarchical kedusha. How does one live within that which is wholly other? The biblical writers link holiness to happiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy. Let us not forget that Jesus asked his disciples to pay attention to details. Discernment is necessary not only at extraordinary times, when we need to resolve grave problems and make crucial decisions.
Jesus is already there, in the hearts of our brothers and sisters, in their wounded flesh, in their troubles and in their profound desolation. Kavvana is the way one transforms routine acts into moments of awareness of the ineffable. It was also true of the life that Jesus shared with his disciples and with ordinary people. Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church. That which sets the true child of God apart from all others is their faith and trust in God, evidenced by obedience to His commands even when they do not seem to make sense.
At first, it may sound strange to think of being conformed by our desires, but this is precisely what happens. ÒYou are holy, God Who dwells above the praises of IsraelÓ Ps. Let now Thine own voice sound in the depths of my heart calling me, Be holy, as I am holy. Do not be afraid to set your sights higher, to allow yourself to be loved and liberated by God. The Bible also uses this word to describe the freedom of a life open to God and to others cf. This has nothing to do with the hunger and thirst for justice that Jesus praises. Instead, it is an experience in normal mysticism, an experience of a close relationship with God.
Culture gives us our identity: The ways we do things give us our unique cultural identity. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. Culture is made up of rule-governed actions: Many of our traditions include rules. Holiness only results from a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior accepting His gift of eternal life. You too need to see the entirety of your life as a mission. If we are constantly upset and impatient with others, we will end up drained and weary.
The holy is encountered in many places and moments: in the grandeur of nature, in the still small voice of conscience, in the silence of the soul, and in the rapture of beauty. Traditional Christian beliefs and values are being replaced today with self-help theology where God simply wants us all to be happy and to live a good life. If they kept the Torah, they would be a free people. Rather than just a mystical quality alone, kedushah is now something that must be achieved through effortful personal conduct. ÒNormal mysticismÓ comes closest to describing the way one integrates the unintegratable.
Even prophets are not considered holy. The message Peter shares with us in his first epistle came to him with great difficulty. Yet in reality, our prayer will be all the more pleasing to God and more effective for our growth in holiness if, through intercession, we attempt to practise the twofold commandment that Jesus left us. Let us ask God to show us how, as He who hath called us is Himself holy, so we are to be holy too; our calling is a holy calling, a calling before and above everything, to Holiness. The circle is an important part of Oglala culture.
We need, though, to ask the Holy Spirit to liberate us and to expel the fear that makes us ban him from certain parts of our lives. Human instinct is to fear anything that comes down the garden path. The consistent witness of the biblical writers is that sexual relations are limited to this covenant relationship. The promise of sexual pleasure and satisfaction is to draw us into the marital covenant, and then shared joy of physical union is a vital part of the marital bond. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children. Christian joy is usually accompanied by a sense of humour. The holy cannot be immoral or amoral.
This was no mere ceremonial act, but the basis for our justification before God. Let us listen once more to Jesus, with all the love and respect that the Master deserves. Humans are religious in nature, and religious beliefs are an important part of our identity. Yet this is exactly what Judaism had done, and Jesus exposed their hypocrisy in so doing. Nevertheless, He became incarnate as a humanbeing so that He could communicate Himself to us, and we couldapproach Him without being destroyed at the very thought. If you are a child of God, then act like one.
Jesus says that they will be satisfied, for sooner or later justice will come. They become mere creatures of instinct and impulse. Jesus himself celebrates our victories. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1789; cf. To be Christlike is to be Godlike; to be Christlike is to be holy as God is holy. True enough, we need to open the door of our hearts to Jesus, who stands and knocks cf.
So I encourage everyone to reflect and discern before God whether they may be present in their lives. Are you in a position of authority? This is not a notion invented by some Pope, or a momentary fad. We are not stronger than He, are we? Some of these titles are Lama, Rinpoche, Roshi, Venerable, Geshe. We are free, with the freedom of Christ. Paul lays down a vitally important principle here we dare not fail to grasp.