Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jesus healed a man with leprosy and told him to ‘say nothing to anyone’. Because the man didn’t heed Jesus’ counsel and freely talked about his miraculous healing, Jesus had to leave behind his ideal ministry of being able to move freely around in the towns of Judea. Did Jesus search out the man and ‘set him right’? Did Jesus complain about this change in his vision of his ministry? Did this stop him from carrying out his ministry? Not at all. Crowds of people continued to come to Jesus for teaching and healing and he had the ‘holy flexibility’ to be able to continue to do his work, despite conditions not being ideal. When human error or foolishness prevents me from doing the will of God in the way I see fit, will I have the same holy flexibility as Jesus to graciously continue doing the work of healing and extending God’s mercy that I am assigned to do? Christ Jesus, guide me into your holy flexibility.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Psalm 119:15)
Grace is a certain beginning of glory within us.
St. Thomas Acquinas
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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.