Sunday 21 December 2014

Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

Whenever we are faced with difficult people or difficult situations, what do we do? Some of us may choose the easy path, though at times, that easy path may not necessarily be a good choice or even a wise choice for us and for the other person. Some of us may choose not to get involved and avoid the person altogether, thinking that it is better to avoid conflict and remain neutral and supposingly peaceful. But what should we as Christians do?

Perhaps the key to what we as Christians should do can be found in today's reading. The reading can be summarised into two important sentences: "Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy" and "You must love your neighbour as yourself." Instead of focusing too much on the minute details about what we should or should not do, some of which are mentioned in today's reading, let us ask ourselves sincerely: are we loving others as much as we love God and also as much as we love ourselves? Sometimes difficult people or difficult situations are there to teach us what it means to love, since we are loving not because it is convenient or beneficial to us, but because we choose to love just as God loves all and cares for all. Let us thus make every effort to remain holy and dependent on God, and follow God's example in being loving towards all.

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