Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Peter 5:6-11
Perhaps more than all of the disciples, St. Peter knew what it was to be anxious. It was Simon Peter whom Jesus had twice chastised, and it was Peter who in spite of his Master’s warning had denied him three times, within earshot! And yet, in his letter to the churches, Peter does not present as one jaded or licking his wounds. Rather, this bishop of Rome’s best advice to his fellow pastors and their people is to ‘Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ Peter, more than all the disciples, knew that at the heart of the Gospel is the loving hand of God who can absorb all anxieties, and who cares deeply for each one of his beloved daughters and sons. Perhaps this was a main reason why he was chosen as Jesus’ successor on earth. Holy Spirit, help me cast all my anxiety on the Lord, because he cares for me.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that we try.
Blessed Mother Teresa
Soli 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.