Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
We sometimes think that our fate is inevitable: either God will welcome us whole heartedly in heaven when we die or he will cast us into hell. The truth is, however, that God is always infinitely patient with us. He is willing to allow his Son to work with us, as a gardener works on a barren fig tree, to give us time to heal and respond to the cultivation and pruning of our lives, with humility and faithfulness, no matter what branches need to be clipped, and no matter how putrid the manure being dug around our roots. But, as Bishop Robert Barren points out: “But if no life comes, the tree will be cut down. This...note of urgency ...is struck over and again in the Bible. We can run out time. We can become so resistant to God’s grace that our leaves dry up. This is not divine vengeance; it is spiritual physics.”* How responsive am I to Christ’s healing touch? Holy Spirit, help me welcome Christ’s healing cultivation of my life.
You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. (Psalm 51:6)
Well and good if all things change, O Lord God, provided I am rooted in You.
St. John of the Cross
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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.