Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Matthew 16, 13-19
Each of us is designed to be a whole, unique and complete gift to the people close to us, and to the world at large. Unfortunately so many lifetimes are lived without meeting the One who knows them from infinity and beyond, and so never discover who they are and what gifts they have to offer. When I don’t know who I am, I find it hard to speak in dignity, to be gentle with others and to live the selfless way of Christ. But, like Simon Peter, as soon as [I] recognize Jesus for who He is - the redeemer, healer and teacher of my soul, aka, my Messiah – then I can hear Him speak my life’s purpose in God’s World View. That is when I will begin to live into my divine role in the Grand Opera of the Creator of the Universe and be at peace with myself, with my family, and with others. It took St. Peter many years of mistakes as he faithfully lived into his purpose in life, as he became the Rock of the Church. I too can expect to be challenged by my own unbelief, my own failings and my own unique character traits. But, with humility and faithfulness to my Redeemer, like Peter, I too can become the holy and lively person I am designed to be, gifting the world yet again with the Spirit of Jesus. Will I take time to recognize just Who Christ Jesus is? Am I ready to know who I am? Holy Spirit of God, help me recognize who you are, and so realize who I am .
He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
The basis of all ministry is the experience of God's unlimited and unlimiting acceptance of us as beloved children, an acceptance so full, so total, and all-embracing, that it sets us free from our compulsion to be seen, praised, and admired and frees us for Christ, who leads us on the road of service.
Henri Nouwen (The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life)
Soli ad gloriam
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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.