Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jonah 3: 1-10 & Luke 11:29-30
It is uncomfortable to face my evil ways, yet when I am completely honest before the holiness of the Spirit of God, they are undeniably there: small bites of self-centredness and satisfaction, larger swaths of thoughts and words that are more fragmenting than holy (whole-ly), and a great heap of possessions that bleed my spirit of time and energy. It is these ‘small’ evils that work their way into my life that will spell disaster in my life, and the lives of those around me. During Lent in particular, but indeed at any time, when I turn to receive the Word of God or the Body and Blood of Christ, God calls me to turn from my evil (and hasty) ways and allow him to ‘blot out my transgressions according to his abundant mercy’ so that I receive the grace and mercy of God with clean hands and a pure heart. When will I yearn for God’s wisdom and love enough to deliberately and commited-ly turn from my evil ways? Christ Jesus, help me turn from my evil ways.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. (Psalm 51)
Truth sees God, and wisdom contemplates God, and from these two comes a third, a holy and wonderful delight in God, who is love.
Julian of Norwich
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Soli ad 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.