Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Just as I sometimes talk deep into the night with family members, Jesus talked through the night with his Father as he worked on a pivotal decision. He knew he need to select a group of faithful disciples to understudy his ministry in order to be able to carry out his work on earth. But which of the hundreds of his followers were the ‘ones’ who would have the commitment and the wisdom to proclaim the Gospel, heal the sick, release the prisoners and raise the dead when he had returned to his Father in Heaven. Which (men) had the courage, the strength, the faith, and deep love for Father God? Jesus did not turn to a human confidant to talk over such an important decision. Instead he spent the whole night with is Father through prayer. Only his Father knew who would be faithful to God’s plan of love and truth to the point of betrayal for one, twenty years of exile on Patmos Island for another, and martyrdom for the other ten. In this way God’s will was done on earth as it is in heaven for the Son of Man who was the Son of God. Will I, like Jesus, seek to rely on Father God’s input into my decisions and discernments, that God’s will will be done through my life on earth? Christ Jesus, help me pray at all times.
The Lord is steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 144:2)
Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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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.