Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Pharisees and Scribes, regarded as the most learned Jews of their day, leaned on their own ego-centric understanding of life and so focussed on critical judgement rather than the mercy of God that is the heart of a theo-centred mind-scape. As a result, they analyzed, criticized and dismissed Jesus’ teachings and ministry – and eventually maltreated, tortured and crucified the Son of God who was the Son of Man. On the other hand, the common folk of the day came to Jesus simply seeking God’s mercy through his teaching and healing grace. As a result they experienced miracle after miracle as their bodies were healed, their spirits restored and their lives set back on course into the heart of God’s love. Will I, like the Pharisees defer to my own faithless and fickle understanding of God’s ways or simply come to Christ Jesus with faith in his love and mercy? Holy Spirit of God, help me simply realize your mercy.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! (Psalm 115:11)
Rest in the goodness of God, for that goodness reaches to the depths of our needs.
Julian of Norwich
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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.