Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Christ Jesus, I come to you…
James 5:13-20 & Mark 10:13-16
The little children who came to Jesus –not just once but as often as possible, I’m sure –knew that here was Someone who loved them! Jesus understood them! He had time for them! And He always did them good! After spending a few minutes with Jesus, they always felt better, grounded by a big hug and reconnected to life by the light in this guy’s eyes. St. James describes the adult version of ‘coming to Jesus’. Prayer is the way any man, woman –or child -can approach the Holy Spirit of Jesus at any time, in any event, anywhere. In times of joy hymns of praise bring us to Him. In times of suffering we can join our moans and groans with His own passion on earth. In sickness I can come to Jesus on the wings of others’ prayers of faith, and my own, to align myself with His healing presence. And when I am ragged from the consequences of my own sins or disturbed by the dark and deceitful sins of others, I can speak and cry out great brokenness and despair, and by these prayer-full longings allow Jesus to release rivers of God’s mercy into the world. Will I take time to pray? Christ Jesus, I come to you.
I call to you, Lord; help me now! (Psalm 141:1)
What is needed today is to retire to solitude and silence, to hear the voice of God, to glorify and pray to him, and then to return to the secular world.
Catherine Doherty, Pousitnia
Soli ad gloriam
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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.