Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jesus was clearly physically fit and a spiritual athlete. To be able to follow Jesus, I need to exercise all ‘muscle groups’ of spirit – and body, especially my knees!- in order to stay in good shape, and to be able to walk the challenging terrain of the ‘Holy Way’ of God. As I become disinclined to bend down to retrieve something at ground level, to play with a child on the floor, to walk a good distance, or to kneel in prayer, the mechanism of my knees atrophies and becomes increasingly feeble. Then it is increasingly hard to be flexible and even standing can become painful. Similarly as I become spiritually less inclined to get down off my high horse of pride, to engage with others who may be down and out, to ‘walk’ the distance through a psycho-social challenge, or to bend down in humility to pray, I find it increasingly difficult to be flexible, to respond to the joys of creation, and to have the stamina to walk the Holy Way of God. The good news is, that just as physical knees can be replaced and a strong exercise program can allow one to bend, kneel and walk again, so too the Holy Spirit is able to heal and help strengthen weak spiritual ‘knees’, by supporting me through a rigorous program of spiritual exercises. Will I give in to physical and spiritual despondency (acedia) or will I make the effort to ‘stay in shape’ in order to walk the Holy Way of Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit of God, help me make firm my weak knees to walk your Holy Way.
Righteousness will go before her/him and make a path for his steps. (Psalm 85:13)
God will not allow you to be lost if you persist in your determination not to lose him.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
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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.