Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 John 3:22-4:6
In this day and age, it is even more necessary to be able to find the Truth amidst the deluge of mainstream and social media we are all exposed to day and night, 24/7, 365 days a year. How to find what is true is one challenge we face; what ‘truths’ to accept and act upon is another; and discerning what untruths to actively counteract is yet another great dilemma. It seems we can never be sure what is fake news, fake science, and most of all fake ‘justice’. St John’s first letter to the young Church seems to address our present situation directly: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God; every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God… the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world… In the end, whether I know everything I need to know to live according to this world’s standards is not important. What I need to know, above and beyond everything else, is the Truth of God’s ways of love, and to respond out of love in and through God’s Truth. How much more life-giving it is to study the Truth of God’s Mercy –Christ Jesus expressed in scripture and through my life’s journey –than it is to be tossed and turned by every fact and figure being juggled by the media. Will I shape my life according to the snarl of half truths broadcast by the media, or will I live a life aligned with the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit, help me discern the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of error.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you and his glory will appear over you. (Isaiah 60:1)
Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
Soli ad gloriam
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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.