Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Luke 22:14-23:56 -The Passion Narrative According to St. Luke
With all the evil trends at work in the first century –in the oppressive Roman world, through the leaning of the flesh to fatigue, boredom, despair and self-centredness, (acedia), and by the evil deceits and onslaughts of the devil –Peter and all of Jesus’ disciples were being ‘sifted by Satan’ and were at risk of being sucked into the vortex of hell. At the time of His Passion, they needed the prayers of Christ to be able to believe and live their faith beyond the world, the flesh and the devil. So it is with us today. With all the trends at work – through the screens and screams of our dying world today, through the fatigue, boredom, despair and self-centredness of acedia, the flesh, and by the deceits and onslaughts of the devil, -as followers of Christ we are being ‘sifted by Satan’ and are also at risk being sucked into the hell of unbelief. Who better than Christ Jesus to pray for us, for ‘me’? Will I value and live into the prayers of Jesus so that I might stay awake spiritually and stand with him? Christ Jesus, pray for me, that my own faith may not fail.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he uttered. (Psalm 105:4,5 )
Live in holy joy and fly from anything that would dissipate your spirit.St. Paul of the Cross
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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.