Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
I am free to develop my own brand of ‘righteousness’ and do whatever I feel is best to meet my own needs. Then I am guided by whatever ‘feels good’, whether it be in choosing friends, deciding on actions, or letting my mind wander. But this style of ‘righteousness’, that is relative to how I feel at the moment, results in despair and emptiness. When I look to Jesus, however, the Son of God who as the Son of Man grappled with temptations and the highs and lows of human experience, I find a better point of reference for the true righteousness that God has designed for us as human beings. When I let Christ guide me in his righteousness, he leads me to extend God’s purity and mercy into all relationships, to follow his footsteps through the complexities of the market place and challenges of life, and to imitate his mind aligned as it was with God in faithfulness, in compassion and in hopefulness. Christ Jesus, guide me in your righteousness.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope. (Psalm 130:5)
Holiness is not the luxury of the few. It is a simple duty for you and for me.
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.