Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
I never know when the evils of this world will splatter across my time and energy. How to respond? With the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. Grounded in scriptures and prayer from his conception in the womb of Mary, Jesus’ mind was in-formed by the Holy Spirit of God, who helped him choose paths of light and love, and ultimately gave him the power to rise again from the agony of the cross. When my teenager projects vulgarities, profane music, and dark actions onto my presence, rebuffing my guidance and slamming the door between us, I have a choice to make – to handle this maltreatment (of himself as much as of me) with all my wits and my best words, or to turn to the mind of Christ and be in-formed by his teachings. Wherever your peace is not returned to you, Jesus preached, shake off the dust from your sandals and continue on your way. Without referring to the mind of Christ Jesus, I would spend the day plotting how to ‘deal with’ my teenager. By engaging the mind of Christ, I am able to remain grounded in the truth and mercy of God, and turn my efforts to finding new ways to reach out in love to him, and to others in my life. Will I depend on the ruses of my own mind, or be informed by the prayers and teaching of Jesus, the Word of God? Holy Spirit let the mind of Christ Jesus be in me.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13,14)
May the mind of Christ our Saviour, Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power [informing], All I do and say.
Katie Barclay Wilkinson
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Soli ad 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.