Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In his final dialogue, Stephen pointed out that it was their stiff necks and uncircumcised hearts and ears that prevented the Council members from recognizing and acknowledging the Holy Spirit at work in his (Stephen’s) life. How is my own neck stiff? When I focus on my own goals rather than turn to the Lord in my weakness; when I refuse to honour and respect others; when I resist bowing my head in repentance; these are the signs that I too am suffering from the restrictions of a stiff and immobile neck. Christ Jesus, release my neck so that I can turn to you, acknowledge others and bow my head.
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. (Psalm 31)
Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker.
St. Athanasius of Alexandria
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.