Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Am I serving others? Whether I know it or not, I am following Jesus, who was the King of Creation who stepped into humanity, not to rule, but to serve. Am I a ‘suffering servant’, one whose good service is quickly forgotten and who becomes a kicking post and a ‘sacrificial lamb’ – or a scapegoat? Then I know for certain that I am a committed follower of Christ Jesus – who did not ‘stand up for his own good’, but rather gave all of his own good for others. It is still Jesus –with any of us who follow him as a suffering servant –who gives breath to the people upon earth, and the Spirit of God to those who walk in it. As suffering servants, Jesus can take us by the hand, and keep us; and we in turn can be his light to his beloved people, to open eyes that are blind to the glory of God, to bring prisoners out from their dungeons into the kingdom of God. Will I live into my calling to be a suffering servant, along with Jesus? Christ Jesus, help me not grow faint or be crushed, but let me help bring forth your kingdom.
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? …I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:1,13)
You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
St. Paul in Romans 13:11
The Lord measures out perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.
St. John of the Cross
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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.