Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ephesians 4:32 – 5:8 & Luke 13:18-21
In the midst of the hubbub of a hospital waiting room one night, one woman caught my attention. Sitting in a wheel chair, her eyes and her bearing were steadying to anyone who noticed her. With more reason to be anxious and forceful than anyone of us with her in the room, she was calm and peaceful emanating love and care for both the staff, her attendant and everyone on whom her gaze fell. Like a mustard see in a field or a grain of yeast in a bowl of dough, her faith, hope and love spread out ripples of God’s love around her – love that is patient, kind, long-suffering, and full of peace and quiet joy. Just be-holding this woman opened up my own heart to the possibilities of God’s love transforming my own and the souls of others in the waiting room of life. Will I be a mustard seed, a grain of yeast, of faithful love and hope in my family, my workplace, my community today? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me live in love.
Happy the one who reveres the Lord, who walks in his ways (Psalm 128:3)
Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.
St. Mother Teresa
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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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.