Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As a follower of Jesus, I am called, like any servant, to constantly be attentive to all the comings and goings of my Master, and so to be ‘dressed, ready for action, with [my] lamp lit’. Clothed in purity, humility and mercy, I am ready to be ready to serve in any kind of capacity, in any kind of ‘weather of the heart’. Tending my lamp of faith, hope and love for my Master, I begin to have the wisdom and the prudence needed to prepare for his arrival, that is his intervention, even in the darkest of times. Am I caught up in the frenzy of my own self-centred life, or am I committed to being a ready and willing servant of Jesus? Am I lounging around in my ‘casual clothes’ of amusement, comfort and self-satisfaction, or am I dressed with faithfulness, ready for action at any cost? Am I allowing my ‘lamp’, my capacity for wisdom, to dim or am I tending it carefully, keeping it full of the oil of gladness and prudence, and trimmed to shine brightly and steadily into the dark corners of life? Holy Spirit of God, help me to always be dressed, ready for action, with my lamp lit.
Surely God is my salvation; ... With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:2,3)
If you are what you are meant to be, you will set the world on fire.
St. Catherine of Sienna
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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.