Lenten Reflection: Be Perfect

Saturday after First Sunday of Lent
Feb. 27, 2021
Be Perfect

This morning I read an article from my own Redemptorist news about 7 lay missionaries of the Most Holy Redeemer joining the Redemptorists in Argentina. I asked myself why these 7 people wanted to commit their lives for this mission? What moved them to become joyful missionaries? The answer I found was they listened to Jesus’ invitation and they followed him. Today, Jesus invites us to be perfect. Do you dare to be perfect?
How can I become perfect and holy? Jesus has the answer for you: “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” Some of us would argue, “But I have neither enemies nor persecutors. Am I perfect?” Then you are ready to become “missionaries of love” for others.
We are called to be holy, perfect, merciful like God. “For he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” We sometimes choose the best of the best to fall in love, to befriend with or to care for. We choose a famous church or school or business to go to. We want to gain before we want to lose ourselves. We think about ourselves before we think for others.
We are called to go beyond ourselves to share God’s goodness with one another. Like the seven lay missionary Redemptorists, they go out of their own needs and the needs of their families to “preach” the Gospel of love to all.
Question: Do you dare to be perfect as God is perfect?