Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Mark 3, 1-6
In a shame-based society where punishment and vengeance are more common than forgiveness, and self-reliance is cultivated before compassion, it is all too easy to harden my heart to the deep needs of others around me. Although they may not have a withered hand, the homeless addict, an exhausted parent, or a lonely neighbour all need my healing touch that is informed and enlivened by the Holy Spirit of Jesus. Like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, I can cite all kinds of reasons not to extend God’s ever-present mercy to someone in need, and turn a blind eye to the needs of others. But when I do, I, like the Pharisees and scribes of Jesus’ day invoke the Lord’s anger. Am I allowing my distracted ignorance and hard heartedness to guide me in my relationships with others, or will I breathe in the Truth and love of the Holy Spirit that moved Jesus to notice and heal the “withered hands” of those around me, despite the conventions of today. Holy Spirit of God, soften my heart to be healing like Jesus.
He sent redemption to his people… (Psalm 111:9)
We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.
The book of Hebrews 6:19
Go to the following link for a lengthy quote from Mother Teresa on finding silence to listen to God in prayer…
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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.