Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit, help me accommodate your coming to remove our sinfulness...
More than anything the people of Israel, indeed the whole world, needed to have their sinfulness –their tendency to be self-centred, self-glorifying and self-sufficient – removed so that they could live into their heritage as children of God. This is what Zechariah in his priestly role prayed for when it was his turn to offer incense on the altar of the temple. The Lord’s answer to his prayer was to bring the forerunner of the Messiah into the world through Zechariah’s own holy family, ‘barren’ though it was. Was this what Zechariah expected to be the answer to his prayer? No! In fact it was so astounding to him that he had to wait in mute silence for almost one year to come to terms with God’s entrance into his own and Elizabeth’s reality. How is God calling me to accommodate his coming in my present reality to remove our sinfulness? Help me accommodate your coming to remove our sinfulness, no matter how surprising your will is.
The Spirit of the Lord began to stir him... (Judges 13:25)
The endurance of darkness is the preparation for a great light.
St. John of the Cross
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.