Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 & Matt 6: 1-18
Doing good works is a shared event, a community affair; although Jesus encourages us to give alms secretly, under the gaze of God alone, doing good works requires that I am in relationship with others, and that they (not I) benefit from the good works that I do. Abundantly doing good works implies over-flowing generosity, spilling over from the abundance -of mercies and of life’s necessities - I have received in my life. What are the good works the Holy Spirit of Jesus encourages? Visiting the sick and the prisoners (or all kinds!), caring for strangers, widows and orphans, feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, praying with the suffering –these are just a few of the physical and spiritual acts of mercy expected of us, of me. Am I so in love with the Holy Spirit that I will share, generously, in good works?
Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me share abundantly in good works.
Happy those who revere the Lord… they have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever. (Psalm 112:1,9)
The path to peace calls for courage. It springs from the tears and suffering that we share.
Jean Vanier, A Cry is Heard, p.116
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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.