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Holy / Holiness


HOLY / HOLINESS

Holiness stands for perfection. Though holiness can be of varying degrees, God is the purest holiness. Since Jesus is the second person of the Most Holy Trinity, he is also holy in the perfect sense. Even when he took human nature, it did not reduce his holiness because he was of divine origin and was thus free from sin. He has shown humanity how a person can resemble God in holiness by keeping the covenantal relationship with God and by doing acts of charity even to one’s adversaries.

When Isaiah had the vision of heaven, he heard Seraphim crying out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!” (Isa 6:3) So, Isaiah repeatedly titled God as “the Holy One of Israel.”

While Jesus was teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum, a man with an unclean spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” (Mk 1:24) Jesus ordered him to keep quiet. Peter and the other disciples might have noticed this secret of Jesus. Peter made use of the same phrase when he expressed his faith in Jesus. Through this, Peter acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah that God promised to send for crushing the head of Satan (Gen 3:15) and save humanity forever.

Peter publicly acknowledged the divinity of Jesus thrice. The first was when Jesus walked on the sea. Those in the boat, including Peter, did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God” (Mt 14:33). The next was in response to Jesus’ question, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16). A third one was this passage when Peter said, “you are the Holy One of God” in response to Jesus’ question, “Will you also go away?”


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