Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jesus told the parable of the Landlord and the Ungrateful Tenants to address the hypocrisy of the chief priests and Pharisees of his day, but he is also perhaps addressing my fickleness as well. God made each man and woman to be a vineyard, to be fruitful and to produce the wine of mercy in this world. As highlighted in the story, God sent then, and still sends now, his messengers and servants – family and friends, coworkers and colleagues, marginalized and main stream individuals - who at times come to me on my journey of faith. These people are sent to me to draw out the fruits of his creation from my being. In the story, the landowner even sent his own son to collect what was his. God even sends his only beloved Son, Jesus, in the guise of mere human beings, to us today, to receive from me what is his – my love, my time, my treasures and my talents. When God messengers, including Jesus in any one of his humble disguises, come into my life, do I ignore them or even ‘murder’ them by my unkindness and hardness of heart, or do I humbly welcome God’s servants and give them the fruits of my resources that is the wine of compassion? Holy Spirit of God, help me give to your messengers what is yours.
You have been born anew, not from perishable, but imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God. (1 Peter 1:23)
I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.
Saint Mother Theresa
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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.