Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
God’s love for us is not uncertain and sentimental like human love, but unconditional and all-encompassing, all-knowing and always life-giving. This is how he loved Jesus on earth, and loves us now. Jesus was intimately connected to his Father through his lineage and his life of prayer. We too are enfolded by God, unconditionally, in his parental embrace. God graced his beloved Son with his own character of light, and life and love. We, too, are fashioned in the image of God to come alive and to grow into the light and love Jesus taught with his being human. God looked after and protected his Son as he grew up, at first by the faith and holiness of Mary and Joseph, and then by Jesus’ own faith and holiness nurtured by his prayer-full response to his Father as he proceeded through his ministry on earth. As we trace the Grace of God’s presence in our lives, it is evident that Father God always protects us and guides our steps into ways of faith and holiness, as much as we are able to respond to his nurture. God also loved his only begotten Son by allowing him to be separated from him. When Jesus experienced human existence for a time, then was arrested and crucified, God did not abandon his Beloved Son, but rather drew Jesus’ life forward beyond all human intrigue and sin into abundant life, temporally here on earth and eternally in heaven. God extends this separation-toward-resurrection, that is his redemptive love, to us today, by walking with us through the fire of our challenges and sufferings, leading us faithfully beyond the world, the flesh and the devil into our own experiences of abundant life. God’s love for Jesus still continues to be fulfilled as he works with and through his Son as together they continue their constant work of creation in and through the the Holy Spirit that hey gifted into the human realm. Will I turn to God and receive his love for me in all of its various forms, as Jesus received his Father’s love here on earth? Holy Spirit of God, teach me how you love me like you love your Son, Jesus.
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of Joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more. (Psalm 16:11)
In order that obedience be supernatural [and therefore life-giving] it must not proceed from reason, but from faith.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
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.