Homily of February 23, 2015: Monday of the First Week of Lent

February 24, 2015

"You did it for me." 

God's words in the Book of Leviticus present us with the basic challenge of Lent: "Be holy for I ... am holy." This holiness manifests itself in charity. The challenge of charity reaches its climax in the Gospel, where we are called to love our neighbor as we love Jesus. Jesus identifies himself with his members:"I was hungry and you gave me food." St. Paul had the same experience when he heard the words: "Why do you persecute me." This challenge dominates our Lent and our lives: to recognize Jesus in others, to be holy as the Lord our God is holy. 

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