The Scriptures can “change” as we experience more life.

“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them-Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

Mommy Mantra for February, 15, 2016

When I was younger I would hear/read this Scripture and think: “No, way! That is impossible!” I was quite angry at God for setting up such an absurd task. How could I, a mere mortal, be anything as Holy as God!

During that time I truly believed that God was setting us all up for failure.  It matched my worldview: Life sucks, get over it.  I wouldn’t go as far as saying I was having a pity party for myself, but we do view scripture through the lessons of our present experience.  It is the “when I was a child” kind of observation.  As life changed, my experienced change, matured and grew more positive so did my understanding of God and Scripture.

Looking at this passage today through the eyes of not only a mom but as someone who walked through the fire, 1 Corinthians 3:13, and come out stronger; I see it now as a call to action, appropriate for Lent, a time of self reflection and change.

This passage of Leviticus is a reexamination of the 10 commands:

The LORD said to Moses,
“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:
Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

“You shall not steal.
You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.
You shall not swear falsely by my name,
thus profaning the name of your God.
I am the LORD.

“You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.
You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.
You shall not curse the deaf,
or put a stumbling block in front of the blind,
but you shall fear your God.
I am the LORD.

“You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment.
Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty,
but judge your fellow men justly.
You shall not go about spreading slander among your kin;
nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake.
I am the LORD.

“You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart.
Though you may have to reprove him,
do not incur sin because of him.
Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD.”

It’s all about relationship.  We see God’s as the perfected example.  Then the explanation of how others will react to us if do not treat them with Love as God treats us. Then as how well the world will work if we continue to be God like.

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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