Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When I am hosting my family members, whether children, cousins or my spouse, first and foremost in my life, it limits my attention and time so that when Christ approaches me in the guise of someone in need, or circumstances that require patience, I have nothing left to give. Perhaps I am not even mindful enough to offer a glass of fresh water to one who thirsts on a hot day, otherwise known as a giving a kind word or a welcoming glance to any person in ‘hot circumstances’ who crosses my path. Jesus knew this and encouraged his listeners, including us today, to welcome God’s coming into our lives, whether in the form a person or a challenge (a.k.a a ‘cross’). When my love for the Holy Spirit of God is the operating system of my life, I will have plenty of time to attend and extend mercy to any person or any challenge that comes to me. Today will my sentimental obligations to myself and my family harden my heart, or will I genuinely and generously welcome with heart, mind, soul, and strength, the Holy Spirit of Jesus in the form of ‘child’ or challenge? Christ Jesus, I welcome you with a generous heart.
Blessed are those who walk in the light of your countenance. (Psalm 89)
When we stop giving we stop loving, when we stop loving we stop growing, and unless we grow we will never attain personal fulfillment; we will never open out to receive the life of God. It is through love we encounter God.
Saint Mother Teresa Where there is Love, there is God, p. 26
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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.