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Friday, February 22, 2013

Be Perfect

"Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Mt 5:48

Perfectionism is a terrible burden, and one which afflicts many in the church. So concerned with doing things right and pleasing God, they forget that salvation is not something to be earned, but to be welcomed and enjoyed. God wants to save us. We have only to accept our salvation and live the Gospel with integrity

The word "perfect" in Matthew's gospel might better be translated as be complete in your submission to God and God's way for you and for the world. It surely does not mean that we are to worry about every small lapse in our concentration or behavior, as if salvation depended upon us.

Perhaps if we took more time to watch our children as they give themselves over to a game or a puzzle we might understand the intent of the Gospel more deeply. Children often seem able not to be botherd by the noise around or within them as they enter a world of fantasy and delight, and they regularly resist the call of their parents to put aside their game or project, even when being called to supper!

Each day we are called to be like children on our pilgirm journey. When we begin each day by remembering God's desire for us, God will guide us to where we need to be.

Today, be simple. Give yourself to God completely.

What most impedes your commitment to live in God and for God?

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