Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As a young adult I used to visit my grandmother at her tiny bed-sitting room at the retirement home where she lived. Within an hour of arriving, I would be napping on her bed, reveling in the warmth of her unconditional and welcoming love and her straight-forward wisdom. After this deep rest, we would eat a simple meal together and then I would head out into the world again, grounded and refreshed. Thank goodness there are many rooms in our Father’s house! We all need to visit Him regularly and rest in his eternal mercy and wisdom! Such visits are the antidote to all the trials, troubles and traumas we experience. Thomas asked Jesus for directions to His Father’s house, and Philip needed to know what our heavenly Father looks like, so that they could find their way there. Jesus’ surprising answers not only answered his disciples’ questions, but they have unfailingly guided all faithful men, women and children through the ages to our Abba’s, our Dad’s home. And with these answers, Jesus is still telling us today how to get to our Father’s place. As we spend time with Christ Jesus, and look to him for the truth, and the life beyond any death we encounter, we do come to recognize our Heavenly Father rest in His presence through our Master and Lord. Then we will have no problem finding our way home going forward into eternity. Today will I spend time with Christ Jesus, so I know how to get to my Father’s house and behold his (then familiar) face? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me know you as the way to the Father.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me, I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:7-8)
Let God’s people then recognize that they are a new creation in Christ, and with all vigilance understand by whom they have been adopted and whom they have adopted.
St. Leo the Great.
A Happy and a Blessed Easter Season to you and your family!
Much Grace, Peace and Joy be with you!
Soli ad gloriam Dei
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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.