Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Luke 7:24 – 30
The Pharisees and lawyers of Jesus’ day were on top of things – and were guided by their own ego-centric purposes of heart. They judged John the Baptizer as foolish and so ‘rejected God’s purpose for themselves’. Not only did they omit to recognize their own need for repentance and healing from sin, but by refusing baptism, they decided themselves that their own plans and projects were preferable to God’s – and turned away from finding the path of Life in Christ Jesus, their Messiah. On the other hand, the tax collectors and all other ‘fools’ that that made up the crowds who simply and sincerely went to John for repentance and baptism, accepted God’s purpose for themselves and so were prepared to enter into the ministry of Jesus and finally the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God to come. These were the people who ultimately became the Fathers and Mothers, Martyrs and Saints, of the Church. Will I continue on paths of my own choosing and purposes and so reject God’s own purpose for me, or will I, in simplicity and sincerity, enter into my baptism as a Christian through repentance and so make straight the way of the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus to become present in and through my whole being? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me accept God’s purpose for myself.
Indeed, you love truth in the heart; in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom; .. A pure heart create for me O God, and put a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:6,10)
He became what we are that he might make us what he is.
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.