Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Zephaniah 3:14-18a & Philippians 4, 4-7
Holy Spirit, remind my heart to rejoice and exult in God...
I can rejoice and exult in all kinds of earthy people and projects –my grandchildren, marks in a university course, a business plan that plays out well, success beyond all expectations, etcetera, etcetera. But no matter how special they are the excitement each of these brings is passing at best and more often fleeting. Only in God are unshakable joys and wisdom to be found. Only the Holy Spirit of God can lead us into profound and enduring exultation, that is available in some measure in every person, place, or event on earth. If my default is set at rejoicing and exulting in God, then no matter what sorrows or challenges come my way, I will be able to weather the storms and keep grounded in all events and circumstances. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” counsels St. Paul. Will I choose to rejoice in God my Saviour no matter what happens? Holy Spirit, remind my heart to rejoice and exult in God.
Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice...Then shall all of the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes... (Psalm 96:11-13)
O come, Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love. Teach us to walk in the path of knowledge.
O Antiphon for Dec 17th
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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.