Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Like a beach ball inflated with ‘hot air’, our minds and souls can be puffed up with our own experiences and knowledge or with the ideas and issues we glean from others, online, or through print, audio, or the world around us. Needless to say, a beach ball is much less stable, has a shorter life-span and is less useful than a baseball that is ‘built’ with a core of intertwined filaments, rather than ‘puffed up’. When I, with the limited resources of my human intellect attempt to understand and control the power of the God, the ‘hot air’ of my own logic puffs up my mind and soul. Then I can be easily tossed about by the winds of change. But when I, strand by strand, build up the core of my heart, mind, soul and strength with the elastic and resilient, boundless and immortal love for –and from –God, then I become aligned with the Holy Spirit of Jesus. Then, like Him, I too can remain resilient and useful to the end, rain or shine, wind or calm. Am I puffing up my ego-centric will, that is pride, with knowledge, or building up my being with Love? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me be not puffed up with knowledge, but be built up with your love.
Show me, Lord, your way so that I may walk in your truth. Give me an undivided heart to revere your name. (Psalm 86:11)
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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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.