Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Today, just as in Jesus’ time, judgements fly thick and fast from all kinds of people towards those who, like Jesus, live a life of prayer and commitment to God’s merciful wisdom. In Jesus’ day the Pharisees picked at the Master’s drinking habit and the company he was keeping, through gossip and occasional face to face encounters. In this day, cursory criticism cloaked in a shroud of anonymity, cutting comments embedded into a conversation, or crude catcalls texted or emailed are the preferred way for those who are uneasy in their own skin to judge and hopefully diminish followers of Jesus who walk to a different rhythm, a tempo that is not always steady, but is born of wisdom and waiting on God’s strength. Indeed, the lives of all the holy Saints who were so maligned and mistreated through the ages, by family , friends and foes, bear witness to the truth of Jesus’ adage – that wisdom is vindicated by all her children, that is, the fruits of prayerfully and mindfully following the promptings of the Holy Spirit of Jesus silently stand witness against the invectives of would-be human critics. Do I trust the wisdom of God, entrusted to me, and nurtured in me, by the Holy Spirit of Jesus? Holy Spirit help me to trust the wisdom of God.
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. (Psalm 11:3)
In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will.
Edith Stein a.k.a. Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross.
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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.