Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Just as salt is one of the most common, and one of the most useful, elements on the planet so the Holy Spirit of God is ubiquitous and most helpful in the spiritual realm. As much as I bring in and keep the liveliness of the Holy Spirit of God within me, I ‘have salt within me’ as Jesus counselled. Just as ‘salt’ purifies stains, removes hardness from water, soothes a sore throat, heals cuts, preserves meat and fish, melts ice and makes paths and roads passable in the winter, so the salt of the liveliness of the Holy Spirit works within my heart, soul, mind and strength. The Spirit applied to the fabric of my soul can eliminate the stains of sin. Mixed with the water of Baptism, it removes the hard edges of a legalistic faith from life in the Spirit. Soothing my throat of all judgements and hateful speech, the holiness of the Spirit frees my voice to sing praises to God and words of mercy to others. Applied to cuts and scrapes from working or even playing in the market place, the Holy Spirit heals the hurts left by trauma and rejection in my life. As a ‘preserving’ agent the Holy Spirit when welcomed works its way into my spirit, and preserves the dignity I have as a child of God. Sprinkled liberally on the paths and passageways of my life, the Holy Spirit melts the ice of bitterness and hardness of heart and allows me safe and sure-footed progress forward. With all this saltiness at work in me, it is no wonder that peace with others –and with myself –falls into place. Christ Jesus, help me have salt in myself and be at peace with others.
Happy are those ... whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)
What you do matters — but not much. What you are matters tremendously.
― Catherine Doherty
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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.