Be perfect: a Lenten discipline

This morning’s post was written as a contribution to a collection of daily Lenten reflections by thirty members of clergy of the Diocese of Ohio. The Rev Gayle Catinella, Rector of St Thomas, Berea, solicited, organized and produced the reflections, for which I am grateful. Today’s daily Lenten readings (Lesser Feasts and Fasts) include the advice (instruction? command?)  from Jesus to “be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect.”

Saturday, February 23, 2013


“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48


Be perfect.

Some of us need no second bidding: we take ourselves in hand, begin to chisel away at our own self-image. Lent is a good time to slam the doors on every temptation, fast from every fault. Everything imperfect is gouged out and chipped away until all that remains is dust and ashes and a disembodied voice whispering,

“This can’t be right. Can it?”

Be perfect.

Some of us need a second bidding. Try this:

You are made in the image of perfection; show it.

You are loved with a perfect love; share it.

You are a child of the Most High God.

Be perfect.


The Rev. Rosalind Hughes

Priest-in-Charge, Church of the Epiphany, Euclid 


About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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