Today’s first reading, Leviticus 19: 1-2, 11-18, begins with the Lord asking us to “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy” and then spells out ways in which we are not holy, namely, when we:
· Steal, rob others of their rights, engage in fraudulent behaviors
· Lie in any way, swear falsely, spread slanderous statements against anyone
· Use God’s name disrespectfully
· Curse the deaf and put stumbling blocks in front of the blind
· Render unjust , dishonest judgments towards anyone
· Show partiality toward the rich and famous as well as toward the weak and vulnerable
· Do nothing when another’s life is in danger
· Bear hatred in our hearts towards anyone
· Seek revenge and hold grudges
Lord, how unholy am I, how much in need of your mercy and forgiveness from you and others.
Dorothy Ann, (your name), as “the height of heaven above earth, so strong is [God’s] faithful love for… [you] who [reverence the Lord]. As the distance of east from west, so far from [you] does [God] put [your] faults. As tenderly as a [loving, caring, forgiving] father treats his children, so Yahweh treats [you, his daughter/son]; [God] knows of what [you] are made, [God] remembers that [you] are dust."
Thank you, Lord, for your merciful, caring restorative justice, loving me into eternity, loving me into right relationships with you, others and myself. Thank you for being merciful and understanding of my human nature, its downfalls and weaknesses, its sinfulness and efforts to do what is right before you, to “be holy as You are holy.”