Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Tobit’s interaction with his wife reminds us that in sickness and in health love is to be our operating system. Too often in my interpersonal relationships, especially within family, instead of receiving the gifts and services of others without judgement, I question them out of my woundedness and lack of trust in their goodness. The rebuke of Tobit’s wife, “Where are your acts of charity?” rings down through the centuries of human society. Where are my acts of charity; do I ignore or growl at acts of charity, or do I perceive and receive the gifts and services of others? Do I deliberately do acts of charity? Lord, help me put love into action whether giving or receiving it.
The hearts of the just are secure, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112)
As the objects of God’s love, men and women become subjects of charity, they are called to make themselves instruments of grace, so as to pour forth God’s charity and to weave networks of ‘grace’ (charis).
Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate
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.