Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Peter 2: 20-15
Even when he was walking the Via Dolorosa on his way to be crucified, Jesus was entrusting himself to the one who judges justly. He had just been falsely accused by humankind, beaten and scourged for no just reason, and yet resolutely trusted his Father’s justice. So often, when I am falsely accused, made fun of or am totally disrespected, I try to defend myself, or worse still, thirst and plan for witty revenge. Next time I am mistreated by someone will I trust my own devices or will I, like Jesus, fast from hostility and feast on non-resistance, fast from bitterness and feast on forgiveness*? Christ Jesus, help me entrust myself to the one who judges justly.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
Some pruning comes unexpectedly and violently. Some comes gradually… Then we have more time for God and the things of God, and can give more attention to the sacred space within us.
Jean Vanier in Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus
*See the full text of Fasting and Feasting, by ‘Anonymous Anthony’ on the GMD website.
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.