Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Genesis 3:9-24 & Mark 8:1-10
When I listen to the deceits of the enemy and saying ‘Just a little, just this once’ turn away from the Love and Truth of God to feed my own passions or step on someone else, I will face the consequences of sin. Then I will either start down a path of self-deception away from life-giving relationships with myself, others and ultimately God. Witness the disruption of Adam’s original intimate relationship with his Creator and all of the consequences named in scripture when Eve picked fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The good news is that Christ Jesus breaks through the consequences of human folly. When the crowd, chained as they were to the curse of having to grow grain and make bread from the earth, forgot to bring enough food for the day, Jesus recognized their communal hunger and elicited their compassionate free-will sharing of what they had, where they were. Adding his own obedience and mercy as the Son of God who was without the deceit of sin, Jesus was able to bless their obedient offerings and with just seven loaves and a few fish feed 4, 000 people. These people chose Jesus’ saving work over sins of denial and blame, freed themselves from the consequences of sin and witnessed joy running over, that is, seven baskets of leftovers! Will I continually choose sin and its consequences, or the joy of the saving work of Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit, help me choose the joy of Christ’s saving work over the consequences of sin.
So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. (Psalm 90:12)
The man [or woman] of the true religious tradition understands two things: liberty and obedience. The first means knowing what you really want. The second means knowing what you really trust.
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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.