Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
St. Luke tells us that the Pharisees and the lawyers of Jesus’ day ‘rejected God’s purpose for themselves’ –and ended up condemning the Son of God to crucifixion. Like the Pharisees and lawyers and the people of Jesus’ day, we are offered the gift of Life, through repentance, forgiveness and trust in God. Do I, like the Pharisees and lawyers, reject the opportunity to dump my own sinful behaviours and thoughts? Or do I, like the tax collectors and other humble people following John and Jesus, repent of my own pride and greed, fears and bitterness, and accept the Lord’s custom-made purpose for my life? Lord God, help me accept your purpose for me.
Look to him and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. (Psalm 34:5)
Christ does not force our will. He takes only what we give him.
St. Teresa of Avila
Soli 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.