Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As a human family [with “Indigenous” roots] our hearts often cry and crash, waffle and weep with four and more generations of intergenerational trauma caused by cultural suppression and oppression on the one hand, and on the other hand, with the indifference of mainstream ‘not knowing’ (ignorance). Jesus’ own culture of faith-faithfulness and loving-love was, and is, likewise suppressed and oppressed by human ignorance and indifference. Jesus too was and is, side-swiped when he shows up in life, forgotten, glossed over, not understood, and generally 'not on the radar' in so many current discourses of society. His heart, too, cracked and wept from being ignored and rejected – by all but his mother and a couple of her friends, and one of his disciples – in his time of greatest need, like so many of our family members, hanging on the crosses of Canadian society. But the good news is that Jesus rose from the dead, proving that life is not defined by death, no matter how horrific. Rather Jesus showed us the way of Faith, Hope and Love, a.k.a. ‘Forgiveness’ for ourselves and others. Jesus’ heart, though broken and pierced so that water and blood (that is, humanity and divinity) flowed out, overcame the hurts of his passion and the cross, and beat again in his resurrected life beyond the grave to reach out to the very people who had abandoned Him at his crucifixion. So, too, our hearts can be resurrected through the healing Grace and Mercy of God to beat again in our earthly form, which though scarred, can be radiant and life-giving to those around us – at least those open to the miracle of redemption. Will I remain broken and pierced, entrenched in the tomb of trauma and hurt, or will I rise again through the broken heart of Christ into the mighty love and strength of Jesus? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help my heart beat again in time with your Life.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. . (Psalm 85:10 & 11 )
I yield to you my entire liberty.
Take my memory, my intellect and my will.
All that I am and all that I have come from you.
I give it all back to you to stand under your will alone.
Your love and your mercy are enough for me.
I ask for nothing more.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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.