Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Acts 2:14-33 & Psalm 16
Once and for all Christ Jesus showed us the way of life through his ministry, passion and resurrection. But as I ‘do’ life moment by moment, day by day, can I recognize Jesus’ way of life? As one unexciting day gives birth to the next, do I mark the themes of downward mobility (a.k.a. humility) and laying down one’s life (a.k.a sacrifice) ? In the midst of trauma drama do I notice that this is the part that is the way of the cross? Witnessing the warm smile of a loved one, do I welcome the joy of new life, birthed in each soul to soul encounter? Christ Jesus, show me the way of life so that ‘my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure’.
You show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16: 11)
The way of Jesus is radically different. It is the way not of upward mobility but of downward mobility. It is going to the bottom, staying behind the sets, and choosing the last place! Why is the way of Jesus worth choosing? Because it is the way to the Kingdom, the way Jesus took, and the way that brings everlasting life.
Henri Nouwen, The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life
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.