Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When I keep the gold of all that I am and have, the frankincense of my prayers and the myrrh of my hurts and sufferings all to myself, I become a grasping, self-focussed, judgemental and complaining person. But when I, like the magi of old, present the gold of all my talents, my strengths, and successes to the glory of God, I become free to love and to be loved. Similarly, when I give the incense of my prayers, songs and reflections to the infant Jesus, I lose the sickening fascination with myself that often leads to unforgiveness, judgement, and anxiety and find freedom through intercession to be merciful, just as God is merciful. And when I release the myrrh of my own grief and sufferings not into the lives of others, but into the circle of love around the baby who was crucified to redeem humankind 33 years later, bitterness and despair are transformed into thanksgiving and hope in the eternal glory of God. Am I willing to hand over the gold, frankincense, and myrrh of my life to Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit help me give my gold, frankincense and myrrh to God...
All who have this hope in Christ, purify themselves, just as he is pure. (I John 3:4)
A little faith will bring your soul to heaven,
But a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul
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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.