Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Like Jesus, each one of us has a road to ‘Jerusalem’, a path that our life must take for us to fulfill our role as an individual in this world in order to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. I may not be called to die for the redemption of the whole world, but I am called to be a servant for the sake of God’s Kingdom and to journey to ‘Jerusalem’, just as Jesus did. In the midst of what seemed to be a successful ministry of teaching and healing, our Lord turned his face to Jerusalem. The very human crowd around him was amazed at this: “What is He doing??!”. The disciples manifested the other response to such a change in direction. Fearfully they asked each other, “What is He doing??!” I too can be amazed or fear-full when God nudges me along the road to Jerusalem, through dis-employment, a death, ill health, or anything else that turns my life around. Will I meet such conversions in my life with amazement and fear, and the disciples’ questions of ‘What’s in it for me?’ or with the trust, faithfulness and gratitude of Jesus? Christ Jesus, teach me about the path to Jerusalem!
O Lord, I trust in your merciful love; I trust in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)
Pray, hope, and don’t worry.
St. Pio of Pietrelcino
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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.