Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Christ Jesus, help me remain in your love so I can bear much good fruit…
When I run headlong into the consequences of my imperfections and sins, it seems challenging to remain in the vine, feeding on the love of Christ. I can so easily begin to feed myself on judgement (of myself and others), resentments, or passions of any kind, and cut myself off from the mercy of God. Then I become fruitless or, worse still, become diseased with the fungal fruits of envy, malice, unfaithfulness, pride and hatred, and need to be heavily pruned (healed) by God. But when I freely receive the love and mercy of Christ and let it flow into me, through me, and out of me, I can be tenderly cultivated by my Creator, the ‘vine-dresser’, and produce the good fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, spreading Faith, Hope and Love with my life. Am I sucking up resentments and judgements today, or drinking deep of God’s mercy to grow into a healthy and a fruitful branch of the True Vine? Christ Jesus, help me remain in your love so I can bear much good fruit.
I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord. (Psalm 57:10a)
Love is a fruit that is in season at all times and within reach of every hand.
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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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.