Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60-63
Despite their ugliness, human beings are beautiful – as much as we align ourselves with holiness (whole-ness) and our inheritance as children of God. The lofty heights of artistic and cultural expression, the breadth of emotional response, the performance of committed athletes, the beauty of human physique, the legendary kindness of saints and beggars of society –all bear witness to the beauty God places in his beloved human beings. It is so easy, like truant Israel, to begin to trust in our own beauty – and depravity- and ‘play the whore’ by lavishing our gifts on others for personal gain of all kinds. But my own beauty is fickle at best, no matter how well endowed, how successful or how famous I become. Only God’s love and mercy are tried and true on an eternal scale. Who or what is it that I am trusting? Holy Spirit of God, help me trust, not in my own beauty, but in your mercy.
Surely God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid. (Isaiah 12)
The glory of God is the human person fully alive.
Saint Iranaeus of Lyon
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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.