Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
So many of my attitudes based on pride or avarice, appetites for things of this world, and disordered affections or even altercations with others. Sometimes I don’t even notice a paralysis of heart, mind, soul and spirit creeping into my being. I don’t notice that my heart is beginning to love power, fame or possessions more than God; that my mind is fixed in a pattern of judgement or resentment ; my spirit has become unresponsive to mercy either given or received; or that (not surprisingly) my body is becoming lethargic or dis-eased. This is how the deceits of darkness, that are ‘sins’, separate me from the love of God and of others. Jesus’ focus on the forgiveness of sins first and foremost is not secondary or incidental. Jesus’ absolving our sins is at the heart of the gospel and is the core of our salvation, that is healing. Do I realize how paralyzed I am and how much I, like the man let down through the roof, need forgiveness for my sins? Forgive me Lord, that I might be healed.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Psalm 119:15)
Grace is a certain beginning of glory within us.
St. Thomas Acquinas
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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.