Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Corinthians 12:3-13 & Tobit 1:1-2:8
The wide variety of gifts, of services and activities that come from God’s creative mercy are not for my own edification, but for the common good. The primary purpose of the gifts and placements of the coming of the Holy Spirit are to allow us to enter into the balance and the abundant liveliness of the relationships we have with each other as children of our Father God – with the goal of establishing and ordering holy ways ‘on earth as it is in heaven’. Only in this way will the ‘common good’ become the reality of humankind. What gifts, services, or activities is the Holy Spirit empowering me to render to others, and ultimately to God? Lord God, manifest your Spirit through my life for the common good.
When you send forth your Spirit, they are created and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104:30)
The more we strive to secure a common good corresponding to the real needs of our neighbours, the more effectively we love them. Every Christian is called to practice this charity.
Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate
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.