Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Christ Jesus, help me continue in your word ...
I can strengthen my resolve, bolster my courage and steel my nerves ... and still falter when I face opposition or persecution. Shadrach (Daniel), Meshach and Abednego –and our Master, Jesus the Christ –had a different take on living into life’s challenges. The three young Jewish men consistently continued in the word of God whether they were being bound and led into slavery in Babylon, being tempted by wealth or thrown into a fiery furnace. They held fast to the word of God written in their hearts and tumbling from their lips in hymns of praise. Jesus who was himself the living word of God let his crucified and risen body speak volumes about the love and mercy of God for humankind. Today will my life be a continuing witness to the word of God that the Father’s Son and the Holy Spirit whisper into my heart? Then I too might deal with every situation with faith, hope and love. Christ Jesus, help me continue in your word.
If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31)
How can we complain when he himself was considered as ‘one struck by God and afflicted.’?
St. Therese of Lisieux
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.