Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Both Mary of Bethany and Judas Iscariot kissed Jesus under unusual circumstances. Mary purchased and poured out expensive perfume as libation over Jesus’ feet, weeping, and kissing his feet, wiping them with her hair. Judas sold his connection with Jesus to the Sanhedrin and kissed Jesus on the face to identify and betray him. Unlike those around them who took it upon themselves to judge both Mary and Judas, Jesus accepted both kisses without chastisement. But Mary’s kisses of humility were a sign of her salvation, while Judas’ kiss of self-power consigned him to self-destruction and hell. Will I approach Jesus with the humility and devotion of Mary, or the self-interest of Judas? Will I, like Mary of Bethany, liberally pour out all that I have for love of Jesus and live into his mercy? Or will I simply kiss Jesus’ cheek by going through the motions of religion and carry on with my own agendas? Holy Spirit help me pour out my resources for love of Jesus.
The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)
We become what we love, and who we love shapes what we become.
St. Clare of Assisi
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.