Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In Noah’s time, to be fruitful and multiply implied spreading humanity, along with flora and fauna, across the face of the earth. This was the beginning of the original covenant God made with humankind. But when Jesus came, a new covenant was forged. Fruitfulness took on a whole new meaning with the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ Jesus. Although there is no indication that he had children, Jesus’ whole life was fruitful. Witness the miracles, healings and teachings of his life on earth that are still relevant and life-giving for us today. With Jesus the fruitfulness of human life was redefined and the fruits of the Holy Spirit became the choice products of human life: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. How fruitful is my life? Am I multiplying the grace –and holiness- of the Spirit of God by my thoughts, words and actions? Holy Spirit, help me be fruitful and multiply
With the Lord there is mercy; in him is plentiful redemption.(Psalm 119)
“I firmly believe that ‘shepherding’ is one of the most beautiful realities of our world. It brings us closest to God because God is the good Shepherd. But, paradoxically, you can only be a shepherd if you are a lamb. You can only really be a father if you are a son. You can only be a mother if you are a daughter.”
Jean Vanier. Images of Love, Words of Hope.
Soli 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.