by Kathy Schinker, Notre Dame Associate
The book of Leviticus holds some of the most ancient material in the Old Testament and it includes many commands concerning ritual worship, rules for moral conduct and penalties for numerous sins.
Those who “belong” to the Lord are commanded to love each other as they love themselves in order to be recognized as such. In other words, my words and actions will speak for me.
This is a great call for me this Lenten season quickly approaching us. I may not be known in centers of power but I can make a difference in the circle of the world I live in. If I am to be identified as a “Christian” is there enough proof to convict me.
Today’s readings call us to be known as people of God by our actions, our “love” of others and in our treatment of them, especially the “strangers” and the “enemies” in our midst. As I prepare to enter the season of Lent I will try to be more identifiable as one who belongs to the Lord in my words and actions toward others. We won’t be perfect but I believe our trying will bring us closer to Jesus. What greater gift could we ask for.