Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Possessions come in all shapes and varieties: food, clothing, money... and living space, time and energy, as well as connections, abilities and experiences. Like the rich man in the Richman and Lazarus parable of Jesus, I too can become so caught up in enjoying, managing and maintaining all of my possessions that I have no time in my life for those who are poor in food, friendship, energy, or any other needs of life. And like the rich man (and Lazarus), I too will one day be held accountable for how I have used my possessions. Will my life bear witness to a love of people or to a love of possessions? Will I bring to eternity a soul weathered by humility and service to others, or a flattened life that was used to manage its own trove of treasures? Christ Jesus, help me love people more than possessions.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)
We should all exercise our gift to build community.
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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.