Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When Levi left his tax booth to follow Jesus, he had no doubt that he was a sinner thirsty for Grace and that Jesus was a Grace-filled Deliverer. The scribes and Pharisees were as welcome as Levi to hang out with Jesus. Unfortunately however these ‘elite’ members of society did not realize that they were sinners in need of Grace; nor did they recognize that Jesus is the Saviour of the world. And so they turned their back on their chance to be become more whole by sitting at dinner with the Christ Jesus. All too easily they judged and dismissed not only fellow sinners, but also the Messiah that they purported to be waiting for. Do I, like the Scribes and Pharisees, fail to know myself as a sinner and to recognize and engage with Christ Jesus? Or do I know myself well enough as a sinner to, without judgement, recognize our Redeemer in communion with others? Christ Jesus, help me realize who I am and who you are.
You bestow on [us] blessings forever; you make [us] glad with the joy of your presence. (Psalm 119:15)
Grace is a certain beginning of glory within us.
St. Thomas Acquinas
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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.