Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Knowing that God had promised him an heir, Abraham waited for a while and then took things into his own hands. He conceived [a son] with Hagar, the beautiful handmaid of his wife– with Sarai’s permission! – in contravention of the marriage covenant the Israelites had received in the law of Moses. Although God blessed Ishmael, the illegitimate son, the plan for the salvation of humankind was carried through –in good season- with the birth of Isaac through Abraham and Sarah, in the order of God’s design for humanity. Am I willing to wait for the promises of God to become a reality in my life –in due season? Holy Spirit, help me live into your ways, not my own.
Happy the one who fears the Lord who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy and it shall go well with you. (Psalm 128:1)
May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
For further thought on this prayer, see Bishop Robert Barron’s homily:
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.