February 15 – First Monday of Lent

February 15, 2016  •   LPi

beHolyToday’s Gospel

‘Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy,’ (Lev 19:2).

Daily Lent Reflection

Today’s readings sum up what service to God is about. The Book of Leviticus offers detailed rules which govern the lives of the faithful followers of the Lord; but ultimately, the supreme rule is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

In the Gospel reading, the consequences of not seeing God in the weakest and most vulnerable are starkly portrayed in the account of the Final Judgment.  So we are reminded that Lent is not a time for being focused on our own pious practice and feeling justified and self-righteous. Instead, it is about serving God in other people: in this way we will be “holy as the Lord God is holy.”

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will look for opportunities to serve God in others, without them noticing.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark