Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 John 4:19-5:4
It doesn’t make sense to love the man who is so disrespectful and violent or the woman who gossips and is so negative. Surely God does not really expect us to love such people. But God not only expects us to love even these ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, but he shows us the way to love them with purity, kindness and humility, in the person of his Son, Jesus. Moreover, St. John reminds us, “If I say, ‘I love God’, and hate my brother or my sister, I am a liar. In the interest of being congruent in heart, mind, soul and body with the truth and love of God, it is required that I learn from Jesus how to love, with the compassion of God. Which brother, which sister, do I need to learn to love? Christ Jesus, help me love my brothers and sisters, these people with whom I share life.
Whatever you did for one of the least of my brethren, you did it for me. (Matthew 25;40)
It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the best paintings.
St. André Bissette of Montreal
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.