Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
A man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus for healing. Like this man, many of us living in the sheer noise of present day society have become deaf to the sounds that matter most in life – the cries of the marginalized and the persecuted, groans of the imprisoned and the sick, the weeping of those in grief, and the still, mercy-full voice of God. As a result we, too, are impeded in the normal speech of compassion, righteousness and thanksgiving because our hearts are not trusting God, and are not at peace. Like the deaf man in the story, we too - I too - need some private time with Jesus, so that he can touch my ears to open them to hear his voice, and release our tongues from the mundane, self-centred and disheartening conversations we so easily voice. Once opened and released by Jesus, then we – then I –will be able to hear and to speak the message of God’s mercy. Will I go to Jesus in private that he might open my ears and release my tongue? Christ Jesus, open my ears to hear your mercy, and loosen my tongue to speak your mercy.
O that my people would listen to me, and walk (and talk) in my ways! (Psalm 95:7)
Walk with your feet on earth, but in your heart be in heaven.
St. John Bosco
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Soli ad 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.