Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 & Luke 9, 28-36
As a citizen of my home country no matter where I go I am grounded and shaped by my motherland, and my life continues to be impacted by its news and views. The story of the Transfiguration manifests Jesus having an intimate visit with two ‘elders’ from his own home country, from heaven. As such, the Transfiguration became a pivotal experience for the disciples whom Jesus ultimately restored to their own rightful place as citizens of heaven. Similarly, my citizenship in heaven, that I received by virtue of my baptism and my faith in Christ Jesus, continues to shape my life. As a true citizen of heaven, I have a heightened interest in all that I can find out about it; I hold its people in my heart and honor its elders and knowledge keepers; I continue to speak its language and to practice our particular customs; and my longing to return home fuels my faith, hope and love, giving me purpose and a reason to live. Will I be true to the dignity of my true identity as a citizen of the Kingdom of God? Holy Spirit, help me remember that I am a citizen of heaven.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!. (Psalm 27)
He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory…
St. Paul, Philippians 3:20
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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.