Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Maccabees 7:1-31 & Psalm 36:1-9
There are all kinds of enlightening experiences that are promoted by our culture today: prosperity, flawless health, momentary happiness, academics, artistic renderings, meditation techniques, theories and regimes of self-development and so on. But just as the moon bears witness to the sun, these are just reflections of the Source of light. God is the Source of all light, both concretely created in the stars, and any light that is spiritually perceived. It is the light of God that allowed a Maccabeean mother and her seven sons– and Jesus, the Son of God, the Light of the World- to remain faithful in the face of torture and death. By turning our face to the Creator of light, we find all those things that truly enlighten our heavy hearts, our hearts of darkness, and the mystery of the unknown, and give us strength to remain faithful. Christ Jesus, help me in your light to see light.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness. (Psalm 17:15)
Love cannot remain by itself –it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
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.