Be Holy

February 23, 2020

As we continue our focus on the Old Testament texts, we turn this week to the nineteenth chapter of the book of Leviticus. As the name suggests, the book has a good deal to do with the Levites, who were the priests of ancient Israel. Accordingly, there is much talk of ritual, sacrifice, taboo, the clean and the unclean, etc. In a word, the book of Leviticus was laying out the practices by which Israel set itself apart from the other nations. But the holiness of Israel was only a function of the supreme holiness of the God of Israel. Israel was meant to be different, because God is different.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 Psalm – Psalm 103:1-13 Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Gospel – Matthew 5:38-48