Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It is my own assumptions and expectations, that lead to my misunderstanding, if not dismissal, of God’s words. Like the people from Jesus’ home town, my own preconceived notions and self-talk can make so much noise that I cannot ‘see’ past my own prejudices about an individual, particularly someone familiar to me, and cannot hear any Word the Lord may be speaking through them to me. Similarly if I am convinced that my own expectations and vision of the God’s servants is the correct one, like the people of Nazareth who dismissed Jesus, I may miss anyone who comes to me in the Name of the Lord, simply because they do not match my own image of God. Am I willing to suspend my own assumptions and expectations, my own prejudices and visions, in order to open my heart to the coming of the Holy Spirit of God in another person? Holy Spirit, help me hear your voice without prejudice.
O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts as in the provocation, as in the day when your ancestors tempted me. (Psalm 95:7-9)
To become a friend of Jesus, is to become a friend of the excluded. As we learn to be a friend of the excluded, we enter to into this amazing relationship, that is friendship with God.
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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.