Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In Jesus’ day the Law of Moses was notorious for being lengthy and too detailed. More than once Jesus reprimanded the scribes and Pharisees, the proponents of the Law, for placing back breaking burdens on the people. Our day and age is really no different, with all the codes of law and societal custom becoming more convoluted and more detailed day by day – for driving, eating, shopping, walking, talking, writing, buying, selling and even praying. When worries arise in the night, they are rarely focused on the simple, life-giving things of life, like loving God and loving others, and more usually entrap me in long convolutions of complicated details of what I could, should or would do. Today, will I contemplate the laws of humankind or of God? Father God, help me to first and foremost live into your commandments.
Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:12)
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of this world will grow strangely dim,
In the Light of his goodness and grace.
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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.