Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 & Matt 5:13-16
It is astounding that “God himself has set us apart”, as followers of Christ, “who has placed his mark of ownership upon us and who has given us the Holy Spirit,” as St. Paul states. Does it not make sense, then, that, as Jesus says, we are to be the salt of the earth and a light to the world? Despite my own estimation of my worth, or my many fallible judgements of others, we, the disciples of Jesus, have a responsibility to live in truth and in love. Will I hide myself way from the world and withhold for my own comfort the saltiness and light invested in me by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Will I perhaps slink around, blending into the lower common denominator of a humanity grappling with the fallen world, pretending that it doesn’t matter to me or to God? Will I allow myself to wear the masks of deceit handed to me by the world, the flesh, and the devil? Or will I keep to the heights of the human experience of God with us secure in the knowledge that I am carrying the Holy Spirit of Jesus? Christ Jesus, help me live into the Holy Spirit of God within me.
Lord, send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth... (Psalm 104: 30)
O Holy Spirit, by whose breath
Life rises vibrant out of death;
Come to create, renew, inspire;
Come kindle in our hearts your fire.
John Grant. Based on Veni Creator Spiritus
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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.