We read today from Deuteronomy in the Office of Readings. God was talking to Moses right before his death on Mount Nebo. God said:
“You will die on the mountain which you are about to ascend….because you did not manifest my holiness. You will see the land before you, but there, in the land I am about to give the Israelites, you will not enter!” Dt. 32, 50-51.
Moses was not condemned, for God promised him that he would join his ancestors, but he could not enter into the Promised Land either. Why? Because “…you did not manifest my holiness.”
This is worth a few hours of meditation, I think. The call to show forth to everyone the holiness of God by the manner of our lives. To enter the Promised Land will require that we manifest the sanctity of God.
How important it is, then, that we all discern well the vocation to which we are called by God, for it is in living out that call that we will most clearly and fully display God’s sanctity to all we meet. God has called us to a unique mission within the context of married, single, ordained and/or vowed life. We are to be reflections of God’s love in all that we do.
Reflections of the very holiness of God himself!