Things that are holy are often set up in contrast to things that are considered profane. The word "profane" is derived from two Latin words that mean "before or outside of the temple" and so profane words, objects or actions are those things that are not worthy of being in God‘s presence.
In today's Gospel, Jesus is referred to as the "Holy One of God". This description presents Jesus as the pattern by which all holy things are measured. As members of the Body of Christ, bound together by Jesus‘ sacrifice, we become the Holy Ones of God, called to be set apart from the world even as we strive to serve the world just as Jesus did. As we reflect this month on Jesus, our Refuge, we call on the Holy One of God to keep us holy and to shelter us from what would take us from the path of holiness.