Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
What Jesus said is true: a person deliberately plants seed, continues on with their life and after a while a young plant appears where the seed was sown – a whole, unique, complete and beautiful work of the Father. What an everyday, simple, and yet so very complex mystery this is! So it is with my life. I plant a seed by praying fervently for something that lines up with the truth and love of God – “Help my children know and love Jesus as their Redeemer”. Or “Help me find good employment.” Or “Teach me patience…” or “Bring an end to this pandemic…” and then carry on with my daily routines. Then, lo and behold, I find that my prayer of two weeks or even two years ago, has ‘sprouted’ and is being answered leaf by leaf, day by day, inch by inch, on its way to becoming a touch of Grace that transforming and usually far more than I had ever envisioned. Will I plant the seed of the Word and the Will of God with my with prayers – and then take time to witness and give thanks for their growth? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me enter into the mystery of the growth of the kingdom of God around me.
Create in my a clean heart, O God, and put a new and steadfast spirit within me…. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51: 10 – 12)
The things that we love tell us what we are.
St. Mother Teresa
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.