Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Genesis 37: 3-28
While God fills our lives with love and mercy as much as we open our beings up to the Holy Spirit, it is the word of God by which we are defined (or created), tested and refined. When he was seized, beaten and stripped by his brothers, Joseph allowed God to define, or create, him anew, first as a slave and then a citizen of a foreign country. In spite of the disordered affections and hatred of his family, he held on to the love and mercy of his God as he was tested, whether in dark prisons or the king’s courts. In this way, Joseph was able to embrace the refinements God made in his life, becoming a trusted official of Egypt which ultimately saved his father and the very brothers who had mistreated him, and all of their descendents. How is God defining, resting and refining me? Am I continually embracing his love and mercy? Lord God, define, test and refine me by your word.
In you, O Lord, I put my trust, for you indeed are my refuge. (Psalm 30)
Love speaks little. The language of divine love is a burning heart.
St. Paul of the Cross
Soli gloriam dei .
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.