Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Decoding the truth of our existence has always fascinated humankind and through the study of the humanities, philosophies, arts and sciences we have developed a large body of decoded knowledge, widely accepted as ‘the truth’. As wide-reaching and detailed as they are, the truths reached by these efforts are finite, and tell only part of the story, like letters that manifest language and the intentions of the author on the page of a book. The knowledge that we human beings have collected pales when compared to the deep truths and foundations of love, a.k.a. the Word written into sacred scriptures and incarnated in the Son f Man who was the Son of God. This is the ‘meta-truth’ that prompted the Encoder to create the marvels and balances of the universe on all planes of existence. It is these deep truths embedded in God’s nature that have the power to transform my own life and the lives of others –from being a collection of singular ego dramas to become a collective theo-drama, to expand our beings beyond temporal and mind boggling complexities to become agents of simple kindnesses and life-giving words, and to deflect our souls from a dead end of darkness and despair and birth us into eternal light and liveliness aligned with the Holy Spirit of Truth. To be sanctified by the truth means that I become in-formed with the Word of God that is the code of Truth, the rhyme and the reason of all of creation, whose totality is far beyond the reach of any human study delimited by time and space. To be ‘sanctified’ by the truth as Jesus prayed that we would be, is to become one with the Encoder, with God, so that the “Word”, the divine spark of creativity, life and mercy might fully be at work within us and through us, as it was in Christ Jesus. Will I reach beyond simply decoding the truth, to allow God to encode my whole self with the deeper truth of his Word? Holy Spirit of God, sanctify me in the truth. Your Word is truth.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me… You show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:7,11)
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
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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.