Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
“Do you love me ?” Jesus is constantly asking us. “Do you love me?” -more than the comforts of First World status quo? Only if I truly love Jesus more than all these things, will I be able to ‘feed his lambs’ with the attention, connection and provision they need. “Do you love me?” –more than being a victim of all the injustices and hurts that have come along? Only if I love Jesus more than ‘being right!’and ‘sweet revenge’, will I be able to ‘feed his lambs’ with the sweet fruit of (divine) mercy. “Do you love (have deep personal attachment to) me?” –more than life on earth itself? Only if I love Jesus more than my own idea of my life and so will follow him even to my own seeming demise, will I be able to ‘feed his sheep’, that is, minister to other followers of Jesus. Do I love Jesus with *‘reasoning, intentional, spiritual, devotion, as one loves the Father’? Do I love Jesus with *‘the same deep, instinctive, personal attachment with which I love a friend’? Holy Spirit deepen my love for Christ Jesus.
*the expansion of the two Greek words for ‘love’ used in this passage from the Amplified Bible, 1958
You have turned my mourning in to dancing. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. . (Psalm 30:11)
It is not a gift or a reward God wants to give us. It is a communion. An encounter. A life.
Jean Vanier in A Cry is Heard. 2018
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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.