Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When Simon Peter and the sons of Zebedee, James and John, noticed the abundance the Lord provided (a net-breaking catch of fish), they left everything (hand-made nets and a custom crafted fishing boat) and followed Jesus. Following the Lord was the next best step for Peter, James and John, and absolutely worth the sacrifice of their prize possessions – and their clientele as fishermen. This is how it is with me when I take time to notice the goodness of God. My priorities change and , like Jesus’ fishermen disciples can leave everything to join him in proclaiming the Good News of God’s grace. What have I noticed about the goodness of Jesus’ presence – in terms of prayers answered, graces received and hopes fulfilled? What do I need to leave behind in order to follow Jesus – some favourite tools or possessions, pastimes or ideals? Christ Jesus, help me notice your goodness and follow you.
Who shall ascend the mountain of the lord and stand in his Holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false. (Psalm 24:3-4)
But the mystery of our ministry is that we are called to serve not with our power, but with our powerlessness.
Henri Nouwen. The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward mobility and the spiritual life.
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Soli ad 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.