Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Acts 10:34-38 & Matt 3:13-17
Prejudice (pre-judging), un-forgiveness, and a pre-occupation with things that are evil - these are common ways the devil oppresses human kind. The remedy for this oppression, said St. Peter, is Jesus, the Son of God who is the Saviour of the world. Jesus, the Son of God who was the Son of Man, came into the world without an attitude of entitlement; he was baptized along with all the sinners around him. We know that with his very life, within three short years of God’s public introduction of his Son as ‘his beloved Son in whom he is well pleased’ at the River Jordan, Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated a new world order of forgiveness. And far from being fascinated with things that are evil, Jesus insisted that he and John the Baptist, not only consider but do that which fulfills all righteousness, no matter how nonsensical it seems. In this way, from his unique and divinely appointed birth and baptism, and through his ministry and mission of forgiveness, which is the restoration of relationships, Jesus saves all who were, and are, and will be, oppressed by the devil. Will I live into Jesus’ Baptismal humility, forgiveness, and commitment to the fulfillment of all righteousness? Holy Spirit of Jesus, by your baptism, help me live into mine.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true... He is the true God and eternal life. (1John 5: 19,20)
God removes the sin of the one who makes humble confession, and thereby the devil loses the sovereignty he had gained over the human heart.
See the explanation of the Fish, (ICHTHUS), as a secret early Christian symbol following today’s GMD
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The ichthys or ichthus, from the Greek ikhthýs is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish. The symbol was adopted by early Christians as a secret symbol. A representation of a fish was used in ancient times as a pagan fertility talisman or amulet, or as a Christian symbol for the Greek word ichthys interpreted as an acrostic in which the Greek letters are the initials of the words I ēsous Ch ristos th eou hy ios s ōtēr meaning Jesus Christ Son of God Savior. (Retrieved from https://www.google.com/search?q=ichthus+symbol+meaning&oq=Icthus&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l7.8569j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)
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.