Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The people of Nazareth assumed that they knew all there was to know about Jesus. He had grown up in their town and some of them were even related to Joseph his father, and Mary his mother. Because of their assumptions, the sentiments these people had for Jesus stopped short of recognizing the Son of God and so they took offense at his proclamation of the Good News. Because of their limited expectations they could not accommodate Jesus’ real identity and so they drove him to the brow of a hill intending to throw him to his death. How often have I, by my assumptions about another person, failed to recognize who they are in the eyes of God, and so remained ignorant of the Good News being proclaimed to me through them? How often have I myself driven Jesus, present in another person, to the brow of the hill so He must walk past me to continue on his mission of mercy? Am I able to overcome my own petty assumptions and expectations and recognize others for who they are in God’s sight? Christ Jesus, help me love beyond the limits of my assumptions.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13: 7)
Faith sees God’s face in every human face.
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Soli ad 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.