Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Isaiah 56:1-7 & Matthew 5:1-12
If a country, or a family, or a community of any kind desires God’s blessings of faith, hope and love, it is the welcoming of the Holy Spirit of God at all times and in all people that is needed. How do we welcome the Holy Spirit? For Isaiah it involves joining oneself to the Lord, ministering to God, loving the name of the Holy One, being his servants and keeping the Sabbath. Jesus on the other hand outlines eight ways of perceiving reality in the Beatitudes, highlighting God’s interpretation of ‘blessedness’. How committed am I to seeking God’s blessing? Am I willing to live into the God’s definition of blessedness? Lord, help me welcome your Holy Spirit at all times.
With my whole being I sing for joy to the living God (Psalm84:2 )
May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
For further thought on this prayer, see Bishop Robert Barron’s homily:
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.