Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Acts 11, 1-18
To follow Jesus into the abundant life God designed me to live, I need to always be prepared for new adventures in mercy. Peter learned this definitively when God revealed to him that instead of ignoring the Gentiles living amongst them, the Jewish apostles were to actively and generously extend God’s Glad News and mercy to the Greeks, the Romans, the Caesareans and all other ‘strangers’ who asked for their ministry. Like me, Peter and his fellow believers were astounded to witness the Holy Spirit of God moving like fire among a group of people they thought were outside God’s purview – the Gentiles -and anointing them with gifts of the Spirit at once unique and similar to their own. Like Peter and the early Apostles, I too am not to get ‘hung up’ on what I consider to be unclean, and beyond God’s view. I am instead to focus on proclaiming and pouring out the Holy Spirit of God, that is the mercy of God, to anyone who asks, without distinction, without judgement. Who am I that I would hinder and try to control, the out-pouring of God’s grace on anyone? Holy Spirit, teach me how God’s mercy is at work beyond our perspectives.
O send your light and your truth, let them lead me. (Psalm 42: )
God is not in the habit of refusing a good gift to those who ask for one.
Listen to “the best explanation of Psalm 23” by Ray Varden Laan from “Walking with God in the Desert” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIrS3h7cH_A
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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.