Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As a human being living within society I cannot avoid the sins and struggles facing humanity in the past, present and future. The challenge is to find the path of righteousness and peace through it all. The prophet Joel was used by God to indicate the way through the mire of godlessness being practised by the Israelites in his day. Sackcloth and ashes, prolonged fasting and penance were the remedy Joel proclaimed. The Gospels bear witness to how our Lord navigated the antipathy and chaos of his day. By his life-giving ministry on earth concluded by his death and resurrection Jesus gave us an indication of how to navigate the ‘unrighteousness’ of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Who better to lead me through the issues and deceits of the present world? Christ Jesus, lead me through the sins and struggles of humanity.
You have rebuked the nations, O Lord. (Psalm 9:5)
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
St. Teresa of Calcutta
Soli 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.