Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Exodus 11:10 – 12, 14 & Matthew 12: 1-8
God demonstrated the physical and societal freedom that flows from his Mercy by opening the path for the Israelites to leave their oppressive circumstances in Egypt at the first Passover, and find refuge in the Promised Land. Similarly, by snacking on ripe kernels of grain from wheat stalks one Sabbath day, Jesus demonstrated the spiritual freedom of God’s Mercy that leads to living beyond judgement and the letter of the law. Far from binding me in paralyzing and demeaning chains of obedience and servitude, the Mercy God demonstrated through the saga of the Israelites and the ministry and passion of Christ Jesus, sets me free - free to enjoy the “goods” and joys (like sun-warmed wheat grains) of life on earth and in eternity. Am I ready to enjoy the countless mercies of God? Christ Jesus, teach me the freedom of God’s mercy.
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116:12,13)
“’Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.’”
Saint Faustina, The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, #301
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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.