Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Rev 22:1-7 & Luke 21:34-36
Like Peter and the other disciples who followed Jesus and ministered at his side, each of us is called to stand before Christ Jesus, face to face and uncompromised as beloved heirs of Father God. “Be on your guard”, Jesus tells us, “so that [no matter what happens] your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation (frenetic activity) and drunkenness (addictions or passions of any kind) and the worries of this life (global or personal)”. Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me [my children, my loved ones, those with whom I am praying…] stay alert that [I] might stand before you.
O that today you would listen to his voice! (Psalm 95)
Revelation 21:1-15 Luke 20:1-2
It makes a difference to read and to heed road signs. Similarly life’s journey is much more productive and ‘safe’ when signs of God’s Kingdom near are read and heeded. This is the truth Jesus proclaimed in his public ministry and taught to his disciples. With holy help, and an open heart, I can read and heed signs of the Holy Spirit of God nearby, in the Eucharist, the eyes of children, the lives of my Inuqatiit (the people I am on earth with) and through the saints, angels, graces, and joys that weave in and around my days. Holy Spirit, help me to read and heed the signs of God’s kingdom near.
Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways of God.
Thursday, November 27, 2014,
Rev 18:1- 19:9 & Luke 21:21-28
The demise and crumbling of the world, whether economic, cultural, psychological, sociological or religious can so easily weigh us down that we forget to look at the horizon, let alone at the face of Jesus. When the ‘desolation has come near’ of the world and the flesh, Jesus counsels us to stand up and raise our heads, because our redemption is near. At any time when the world is crumbling around me, Christ Jesus, help me to stand up and raise my head to watch for the redemption of Jesus drawing near.
The Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Soli ad 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.