Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Matthew 5:43-48 & 2 Corinthians 8: 1-9
Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me about the generosity of your love…
Creator God and Christ Jesus are so generous with their love! They gave up the human life of the only Son by crucifixion on a cross as a signpost of Merciful love for all of eternity. Jesus spoke of this generosity of love when he taught his disciples to love their enemies and pray for those who despitefully used and abused them. The early Christian church took this counsel seriously. Paul gave a report about Christians in Macedonia during a ‘severe ordeal of affliction’. He noted that ‘their abundant joy and their extreme poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. In the economy of the world, one gives from abundance and demands good return for service. In the economy of God, each man, woman and child is called to be generous in time, talent and treasure –and love at all times to everybody. Whether life is good or troubled, will I, like Jesus and the early Macedonia Christian, overflow with the generosity of love that is the mark of a Christian, a follower of Jesus? Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me about the generosity of your love.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. (Psalm 146:8)
Do not think that your present state is a punishment from heaven, because you would be wrong; be certain that your present state is willed by God for the salvation of your soul.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
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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.