Let our thoughts of the Lord’s greatness and the promise of salvation in his glorious presence fill our hearts with hope and joy!
Looking around today, we may observe leaves turning color and falling. Perhaps we are picking the last of the bounty in our gardens, and if you are like me, you may be mourning the end of this year’s flower garden. We may feel sadness as days shorten and darkness approaches.
Today’s Psalm reminds us that though clouds and darkness surround him, justice and judgment are the foundation of the Lord’s throne. We have the Lord’s promise of the justice of heaven, where we will rejoice in the light of God. If we lead our lives with our eyes focused on the Lord in heaven and follow the righteous path as Jesus leads us, we will receive our reward in heaven. Let us give thanks to the Lord and rejoice in him!
Jesus emphasizes listening and following God’s ways as we travel life’s journey. The Morning Offering prayer can be a powerful way to start our day by offering to God every ‘prayer, work, joy, and suffering.’ These simple yet powerful intentions help us to turn away from impatience or negativity and remind us to embrace goodness and see God in those we encounter.
In one of Father Peter Julian Eymard’s letters to Mrs. Camille D’Andigné, he wrote, Enjoy God, your graces, your Tabernacle, your good Master. To enjoy him means to desire Him alone; to enjoy him means to live through Him and for Him, at his feet, on his heart, in his divine person. This sentiment may challenge us: Do I ‘enjoy’ God? Let’s look within our personal tabernacles, thank God, and ask him to light the path he sets before us.
Loving God, almighty and glorious Father, thank you for your love and the graces you gave me. Forgive me for those times I may have grumbled or complained and for appreciating the many gifts you have placed in my life. Walk before me, O God, showing me how I may be a glimmer of your light to all I may meet today. Amen.