Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Kings 18:20-39
Elijah sacrificed a bull as a burnt offering to God, and God used that opportunity, in the presence of all the prophets of Baal and the faithless people of Israel, to show forth his power and his mercy. This had the effect of turning many people back to the ‘living God’. Our sacrifices, no matter how small, or of what kind, can also be opportunity for God to show his transforming power that is the might of mercy in action. Each time I wait patiently for someone, relinquish my grip on being ‘right’, consider the needs of others before my own, or generously give of time, treasure or talent to spread the light of faith, hope and love in Christ, I lay my own rights and ideologies on a holy altar. As I offer up my discomfort, my own ideals, and the prideful control of everyone and everything, allowing my sacrifice to be consumed with the fire of God’s mercy, God’s power to shift doubt into faith, despair into hope and indifference into liveliness becomes evident to others, and even more evident to me. When I am challenged in any way, will I tighten my grip on my rights or offer up my self-righteousness, self-comfort, and self-directed independence to holy communion with others for the glory of God? Holy Spirit of God, in my sacrifices manifest your light and your love…
“How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the lord is God, follow him… (1 Kings 18:21)
The choice is clear –either we love with the heart of Christ, or we die a strange death of being lifeless robots.
Catherine Doherty. Living the Gospel Without Compromise. P.63
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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.