Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The parable of the Hiring of Workers in the Vineyard is an eternal story of the two perspectives of every human relationship. On the one hand is the worldly perspective driven by the workers, particularly those eager-beavers who were hired first thing in the morning. These people were driven by ‘each one for him/herself’; “us and them” ; “get as much as I can” values and based on hierarchical and judgmental beliefs. On the other hand is the divine perspective represented by the vineyard keeper. Like God, the owner of the vineyard was driven by the need to have the vineyard (humanity) tended as well as possible, and based on divine wisdom, compassion and generosity, undergirded by faithfulness. In every connection and contact with others, whether formal or informal, I have a choice to be directed by a self-referenced worldly viewpoint, or to root my thoughts, words and deeds in the eternal and ubiquitous mercy of God. Will I think, speak and act from my own world view, or from the Grace of God’s Mercy? How will a Mercy-full perspective change me and my connections with others? Holy Spirit of God, help me root and ground my thoughts, words, and actions in your abundant Mercy.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord. Let the humble hear and be glad. (Psalm 34:2)
Without faith there is no communication, there is no love, or if there was a little love it will die without hope, trust and confidence. Even if communication does not die right away, it will be so ill, so weak, and tired that communication will be miserable as well. Faith alone can restore communication.
Catherine Doherty, Poustinia, P. 152
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.