Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Even as a child, Jesus was known to have the favour of God upon him, to have grown well, to be strong (perhaps strong-willed?) and filled with wisdom. (cf. Luke 2:40). Is it any wonder that St. John, who is reputed to be the only disciple who escaped martyrdom and lived to a good old age, noted in his Gospel that Grace and Truth came into the world through Jesus Christ? What other individual outside of the Holy Family on this earth has been undoubtedly ‘full of grace and truth’? The Good News is that the Holy Spirit of God is at work within anyone who prefers the Light of Christ to the darkness of this world, even now throughout all the ins and outs, ups and downs, shut ups and shut ins that will be ours in 2022. In this way,you and I, indeed all of humanity, can receive grace upon grace from the hand of our God of Truth and Love. Looking back in the old year, 2021, I for one can trace many graces received. Looking forward to 2022, I have a choice – to be scared, or prepared that is prepared and watching - to receive the fullness of Christ by accepting grace upon grace throughout the 365 days of the coming year of Grace. Will I choose to turn to the Light of Christ shining into the darkness of the world and receive his fullness, grace by grace? Christ Jesus, full of grace and truth, let us, let me, continue to receive grace upon grace.
Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. (Psalm 96:1)
He became what we are that he might make us what he is.
Soli ad gloriam
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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.