Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Acts 24:27 – 25:21
Gifted orator and brilliant evangelist though he was, St. Paul’s journey with Jesus led him to languish in a prison waiting for trial in Cesarea for more than two years while Roman governors slowly made their moves. Was this a waste of time and talent or was it the perfect place for Paul in that season of his life? From our vantage point in history we recognize the importance of this ‘movement’ in the symphony of Paul’s life. Paul’s discussions with Felix and Festus, the Roman governors, and the deepening of his trust in God directly and indirectly impacted the letters he would write during the next three years before his death – letters that have sustained Christians for over 20 centuries. When my journey with Jesus lands me in a literal or figurative prison do I rattle the bars restraining me, or, like St. Paul, embrace that season of my life? Holy Spirit, help me live into the seasons of my journey with Christ Jesus.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (Psalm 103:1)
Two men looked through the bars of their prison. One looked down at the mud and complained bitterly. The other looked up at the stars and gave thanks to God.
A parable quoted by an East Indian priest
Soli 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.