Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Hauled in by the temple police before the high priest and the Sanhedrin yet again, the apostles could present only a thumbnail sketch of their message. In the heat of the moment they focused on the most important gifts of Christ Jesus: repentance and the forgiveness of sins. The gift of repentance leads us into ways of openness and humility. The forgiveness of sins, as the Master had shown his disciples so irrevocably in his passion and resurrection, is the source of all healing between humankind and our Creator, between us and others, and within ourselves. In the ‘heat of moment’ do I reach out for my own dignity, or do I accept the gifts of repentance and the forgiveness of sins? Christ Jesus, help me receive the gifts of repentance and forgiveness.
The Lord is near the broken hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without measure.
John the Baptist John 3:34
Soli 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.