Archdiocese of Mobile

Office for Evangelization and Family Life

Model of Holiness

Date posted: December 18, 2014

washing feetWe are looking at reasons that God became man.  Today, we are going to look at another of those secondary reasons for the Incarnation (the primary reason was to save us from our sin).


“The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.’  ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.’  (Matthew 11:29 and John 14:6)  on the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: ‘Listen to him!’ (Mark 9:7)  Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’  CCC # 459


Jesus teaches us to be holy.  He does so not only by his words, but so powerfully through his actions.  But, what does it mean to be holy?  It means to be like God.  How can we be like God?  He offers us his own life to live within us and fill us up.  There is only one prerequisite to being filled with God’s grace and life; we must first empty ourselves.  Look, if I have a glass full of sand, and I wish to use it as a drinking cup; I first must empty the glass of the sand and then I can fill it with water.  In fact, the amount of water that I am able to put into the glass is directly dependent upon how much sand I can empty.


The secret to holiness is no secret at all; empty yourself of you.  Jesus teaches this to us by his words on many occasions (i.e. “Those who would save their lives will lose it.”  “Thy kingdom come; thy will be done.” “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”  “You must go sell everything you have; give it to the poor, and then come follow me.”)  As beautiful as his words are, they pale in comparison to his example.  He says to the Father, “Let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”  He went on to completely empty himself on the cross.

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