Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The common maxim, that ‘the measure you give will be the measure you get’, is often true. But it is only half of the story. “Pay attention to what you hear,” says Jesus, “because the measure you give will be the measure you get (from listening).’ I cannot give what I have not first received. I cannot fully love if I have not first connected into God’s love for me. I cannot forgive, if I have not first integrated God’s forgiveness into my own life. I cannot lead others into an understanding of Light and Wisdom and the abundance of Life that humans are designed for, if I have not first studied the Light and Wisdom and Abundance of Life that Father God through Christ Jesus holds out to us. Today am I paying attention to the Word expressed by the Holy Spirit of Jesus stirring in my heart? Christ Jesus, help me pay attention as I listen to you.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life, says the Lord. (John 8:12)
What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.
St. John of the Cross
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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.