Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The world can be very harsh. Jesus knew this better than anyone. Surely the world would have recognized and welcomed the healing presence of the Son of God who was the Son of Man! But it crucified him. Surely, I often hope, truth and beauty, compassion and wisdom will be at least recognized if not welcomed by those around me. But more often than not when the gifts of the Holy Spirit are offered – love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, truthfulness, godliness and self-control – they are pushed to the sidelines of life by busyness or self-absorption, or alternatively disturb the status quo into violence. Such is life without the light of the Holy Spirit of God. But as soon as I turn to the Holy Spirit to ask for peace, joy, beauty, or truth, in any situation, then the blow-back from evil intentions and dark desires dissipates, and I am able to see the rhyme and reason, and the holy harmonies, in all circumstances, no matter how evil the intent. “Life is hard!”, my Ukrainian Catholic friend told me as she punched my upper arm with a hard fist. “Ah.... but Jesus rose from the dead!” she rejoined with a welcoming half-smile. Am I willing to learn how to live beyond the anomalies, deceits and dissipations of the world? Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me how to live beyond the sins of the world.
For the Lord is good. His steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do in love.
St. Teresa of Lisieux
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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.