Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Corinthians 1:1-7 & Matt 5, 1-12
The Beatitudes of Jesus focus not on the goods of living in comfort and security, but rather on the fruits of God`s grace made manifest as I live prayerfully depending on God’s mercy through the traumas, trials and troubles of life’s journey. St. Paul, in speaking of all the beatings, imprisonments and rejections that the world could throw at him, concluded that as much as we are helped by God to find the strength to endure all troubles without sin, that much we are then able to help others find the grace to endure their own trials and traumas. This divine economy of strength, and power, and blessed-ness, is designed to constantly be in motion. When grace flows in to my soul, into even the most serious difficulties, then grace will flow out from me to others and in turn help them to endure and overcome great challenges. This is ‘beatification’, this is healing, no matter the severity or levity of any given circumstances. Will I allow the grace of God to flow through the traumas, trials and tragedies of my life? Holy Spirit of God, help me in all my troubles so I am able to help others.
Lord, send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth... May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104: 30 & 34)
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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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.