Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Finally after millennia of the unfolding of relationships and events – indeed three times fourteen generations and the rise and fall of several major civilizations – the stage was set for the coming of the Son of God into the history of humankind. Jewish people were under the oppression of the Roman Empire, temple worship had denigrated into a major business venture, and there was a small remnant of Israelites who were simply faithful and simply obedient to the deep-seated love of a loving God. All major players in the Salvation story, Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph, and Anna and Simeon, who had learned to trust the timing of God in their lives, were listening to his guidance for the shepherding the Son of God, as infant, as preacher, and as Sacrifice through his redeeming path. As relationships and events unfold in my own life will I ‘chomp on the bit’ as an impatient victim of a divine comedy, or will I simply be faithful and obedient to God’s laws of love, ready to live into the dénouement of his saving grace, no matter how, or when, or through whom it comes to pass? Father God, teach me to trust your timing.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. (Psalm 72)
O come, Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love; teach us to walk in the path of knowledge!
O Antiphon, Common Lectionary for December 17
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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.