Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Flint is a special kind of rock that is very resilient, yet able to be formed. In many cultures it has been worked into arrow heads, knives and even scalpels. It was also used before matches to create a spark that started life-giving fires. Jesus’ heart was like flint as it was resilient, and carefully formed to cut away the deceits of evil from the truth of God, throughout his ministry and along the Way of the Cross. Because his heart was like flint, it sparked mighty fires of light and of love that still burn to this day in our own hearts. Is my own heart enough like flint to that I can say with Jesus: Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me. Who will [really] declare me guilty? Christ Jesus, help me, like you, set my heart like flint.
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. Let the oppressed see it and be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. (Psalm 69:30, 32)
Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.
Soli 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.