Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
More than anything in the week leading up to his death, Jesus wanted his disciples to stay with him. He had invited them to go up with him to Jerusalem, knowing full well that he would be put to death. He took them with him to dinner at Lazarus’ home in Bethany on their way into Jerusalem, perhaps as a final evening of relaxation together. He expected all twelve men to stay with him to celebrate the Passover Seder meal rather than going home as they normally would to be with their families for the festival. And after the meal when he knew his passion was upon him, he asked them to stay with him in the Garden of Gethsemane, to ‘watch with him’. Just as Jesus invited his band of twelve to accompany him, so he asks me, as his disciple to ‘stay with him’, as his passion continues to unfold in this present age. We are asked to stay with him while he reveals the Word to us in the ordinary stuff of life –visits with others, journeys here and there, meals eaten together and through the watches of the night. Am I good company for Jesus? Christ Jesus, help me to stay with you today.
For you, O Lord, are my hope; my trust, O Lord, from my youth. (Psalm 71:5)
We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.
St. 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.