Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit of Jesus, Give me understanding so that I might know you, the Life of the world…
1 John 5:14-21
A critical choice is continually before me. I can choose to engage this temporal world, focusing on being comfortable, entertained and safe; or I can live into the deep mystery of my heritage as a child of God watching for, and gradually understanding the deep mystery of the Life-force of Christ. On the one hand I can choose to juggle the personalities, plans and possessions of my life’s journey for my own ‘good’ purposes. But when I turn toward Christ as the reason and the pattern for my being, it changes everything. Then personalities, plans and possessions dissipate into thin air as I choose to listen to Jesus’ teachings about faith in God’s mercy, hope in his faithfulness, and love for God and for his beloved people. When Jesus’ life become my playbook, informed by prayer and holy scriptures, then I, like the Master, can become God’s servants in any and all circumstances of today’s society. Will I choose to seek to understand life as defined by the world, or as revealed by Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit of Jesus, give me understanding so that I might know you, the Life of the world.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true… (1John 4:20)
The discipline of the Christian disciple is not to master anything, but rather to be mastered by the Spirit.. to create the space in which the Spirit of Christ can transform us into his lineage..
Henry Nouwen. The Selfless Way of Christ. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 2009. pg.70.
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.