“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Hebrews 12:14

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Make every effort to live in peace with everyone

and to be holy;

without holiness no one will see the Lord.

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– Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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These words echo what our Lord says in the Sermon on the Mount:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God". (Mt 5:9)

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Jesus promises those who promote peace

that they will be children of God

and therefore share in God’s inner life,

which is what makes them holy.

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Being at peace with God, which comes from docility to His plans,

necessarily leads one to foster and maintain peace with others.

Peace with God and with one’s neighbour is inseparable from the search for holiness.

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"Holiness": it is not just a matter of avoiding sin.

One needs to cultivate virtue and to desire to attain holiness with the help of grace,

and here again, it is our Lord who urges us

to "be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Mt 5:48)

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Holiness or Christian perfection is the common goal of all Christ’s disciples.

Salvation and holiness are really one and the same thing:

only those who are holy can obtain entry into the presence of God;

only those who are holy can see the Holy One.

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Personal sanctity is indispensable.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord Jesus, enlighten my understanding, strengthen my will,

purify my heart, and make me holy,

that I may be made worthy of Your promises.

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