Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As human beings designed in the image of God, we are made to be connected, with God, with the earth, with those close to us, and with the world at large. But what of those who have been disconnected –those who have been orphaned, widowed or shunned or forgotten by society? Very often those who are alone suffer in poverty and can easily fall into despair or an early death. Ruth, a young widow herself, stands as a paragon of faithfulness to those who are alone. Although it meant leaving her own culture and homeland, Ruth stayed with her widowed mother in law as she made a difficult journey back to her home land. “Where you go, I will go,” Ruth promised her. Am I similarly committed to ‘stay with’ those who are alone in the world? Christ Jesus, help me be faithful to those who are alone.
You give enough and satisfy the needs of all. (Psalm 145:16)
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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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.