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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
The readings today speak to us about what it is to be holy. Perhaps too often we think of holiness as something that is for others and not for us. It is important for us to change our minds and to realize that God wants me to be holy. God wants you to be holy. To be holy is not something for experts or for just a small group of people. All of us are invited to be holy.
The first reading today, from the book of Leviticus, states clearly: be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy. This is an invitation to be like God. All of our Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments, describe for us who God is and how God treats his people. This can be scary for us because some of the descriptions of God are scary. You and I must learn how to understand the Scriptures.
The Scriptures are given to us by the living tradition of the Church. The Scriptures are not just texts which can be understood without the living tradition of the Church. The living tradition of our Church includes the whole living tradition of Judaism from the Old Testament. Thus, we are invited to understand the holiness of God from the way it was understood in the heart of the Church.
For instance, in the second reading today, from the First Letter of St. Paul Corinthians, we hear that the temple of God is holy, and we are that temple. In the context of the New and Old Testament can we begin to understand the meaning of this expression. This should not frighten us. God does not want us to be Scripture scholars. But God does want us to keep meditating on the word and to keep trying to understand it.
In the Gospel today, according to Matthew, Jesus teaches us what holiness is. To be like God is simply to love all other people and all creation. This is how God is. God is love. If we are to be holy, then we must become all love. Be holy because God is holy. Love because God is love.
The teaching of Jesus is very clear. Love is not about feeling about others, it is about doing good to others. We Christian must understand the difference between feeling good about someone and doing good to someone. There will be many times when we don't feel good about others, and yet we must still do good to others. The challenge always is to love our enemies. Our enemy can be anyone. Each of us knows inside himself or herself when another person has provoked a negative response within us and, in some way, is now our enemy.
We can find many ways to justify not loving our enemies. The teaching of this Sunday is very clear. Be holy. Love others. God has invited us to be like Him and the way to live that is to love all others and all of creation. It is a very simple message and yet it is the most difficult to live because it means to love those whom we do not want to love.
My sisters and brothers, come! Let us serve the Lord. Let us respond to His invitation and live as He lives. Let us love. Let us forgive. Let us walk in the light of the Lord.
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You are invited to join us at 10:00 on any Sunday morning to attend Mass at our church. No matter your background, ethnicity, or denomination, we don't look at that. Just people with good will looking for some place to fill out their souls. If you need comfort, a place to pray, this is the place. We do not judge—it's not up to us to judge. All are welcome.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Mary Saleh,Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Dan North, Lindsay Griffen, Louise Regan, Jean Bernier, Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Father Robert Fredrickson, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, George Cole, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Steve Kulis, Justin Mothersele, Terry Massey, Eddie Soboleski, Helen Rogers, Andrew Winter, Kathy Ferrelli. Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; and Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Peg Kostiuk, Tillie Kleszcz, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey.
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