Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ephesians 1: 17-23
As a highly educated citizen and orator of Roman and Jewish heritage, and deemed a brilliant writer and philosopher/ theologian in his own right by critics for the past two millennia, Saul of Tarsus, St. Paul, was aware of the ‘hopeful’ trends of his day. St. Paul, writing to the Ephesians, realized how the hope founded in Christ Jesus is different from the hope provided by ideologies, philosophies, and even other spiritual disciplines in his day, and in ours. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, he holds out to us not just a future but the eternity sharing in a ‘glorious inheritance’. By the gift of the Holy Spirit we can set our sights beyond comfort and prosperity to a life that is abundant and full of light, this side of heaven. Indeed, the hope that Jesus is holding out to me today is nothing less than the power to love beyond all fear, forgive beyond all anger and find God beyond all grief. Will I take time to real-ize the extraordinary hope that Jesus is holding out to me today? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me realize the hope to which you are calling me.
Proclaim the mighty works of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light! (1 Peter 2 )
My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus and his righteousness,
I dare not trust a weaker frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name…
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.