Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Who better to teach me the ways of life than the Master, Jesus of Nazareth, who has raised so many others to life? Who better knows the ways of life than the One who died such a tortuous and unjust death and then returned to life? When Jesus rose again to new life, he lived the ways of life he had proclaimed during his ministry on earth. We witness the many simple ways the risen Jesus interacted with others during the 40 days he walked the earth following the Resurrection: being present in heart and body to those who recognized him; extending peace first and foremost to everyone he met; walking and talking with those he encountered; tracing the Grace of God’s mercy in all of his conversations; encouraging his friends in their work; making a meal from the fruits of their labours and eating with them; and sending out his followers to point others to the mercy of God. When I rise from each small death on my own journey through life and live into each rising again, will I do it ‘my way’, or follow Christ Jesus in his ways of connection, encouragement, faith, and peace? Christ Jesus, make known to me your ways of life.
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand is goodness forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
St. Augustine of Hippo
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.