Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit, remind me that as much as I suffer with Christ Jesus, I rise with Him...
Call it ‘pain’, call it ‘hurt’, call it ‘rejected’ or ‘loneliness’, call it what you will, it is all suffering – of the kind Jesus experienced in his own life. When I suffer, I am tempted to slink into a corner, lick my wounds and withdraw into personal problem solving, or to complain anxiously to those around me as I attempt to right all that I perceive to be wrong around me. But Jesus calls me to share my suffering with him, as he shares his own suffering with me. As I vacate my own little corner and suffer with Christ Jesus, and with Him in others, I find my own challenges to be transformed. Indeed, no matter what hurt, what rejection, what injustice, what discomfort I experience, with Jesus I am able to rise above the pain and inconvenience of the moment, and live into my heritage of Life, Light and Love as a beloved child of God. Am I prepared to join my suffering with Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit, remind me that as much as I suffer with Jesus, I rise again.
Let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy. (Psalm 68:1)
Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Soli gloriam dei.
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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.