Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Joseph may have had some inkling that it would be wise to move his family out of Herod’s way, but Joseph wasn’t sure about how to proceed until God’s spoke to him through a dream. When he received guidance in a dream to take his family to Egypt, immediately, Joseph could have taken time to think through his options, to spend a week preparing for the long trek into foreign territory, or to first go to Nazareth to bid his family farewell and sell his property. But Joseph’s faith in God was such that he woke up and packed up, so that while it was still dark he left Bethlehem with the child Jesus and his mother Mary and set out on the 175 km journey to Egypt, trusting not only in God’s guidance, but also in the provision of his Father in Heaven. Within hours of the departure of the Holy Family from David’s city, Herod’s henchmen were combing homes for Hebrew infants, slaughtering them on sight. Had Joseph not been obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Baby Jesus may have also been found. When the Holy Spirit nudges me to move on in life, will I, like Joseph, have faith in God’s guidance and obediently set out, no matter how challenging or unfamiliar the journey? Holy Spirit help me be attentive to your guidance.
The trap is broken and we are free! Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:7)
Now may Mary’s son, who came
So long ago to love us,
Lead us all with hearts aflame
Unto the joys above us.
Puer Nobis Nascitur , 15th Century Carol, v.4
A Blessed, Happy and Joyful Christmas Season
to you and your family!
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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.