Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Samuel 15:13-16:13 & Mark 5:1-20
The mercy of God is always good for us and healing - but not always nice and comfortable - and often changes or cleans up our lives. David recognized the chastening mercy of the Lord in Shemei’s taunts and curses, receiving the information with a humble and repentant heart, and preventing his companions from lashing out in fear and anger against Shemei and his, albeit offensive, truth. The people of Jesus’ day did not so readily embrace the mercy of God. In the wake of the marvellous exorcism and healing of a local scapegoat, a ‘demoniac’, the towns people chased Jesus away, fearing his ‘power’ and being shocked by his sudden disruption of their daily lives. The mercy of God comes to me also in many disruptive and unassuming guises. Losses and stresses as well as healings and radical changes can all be God’s mercy at work, when I open my heart to the Grace and Love of God. Will I dismiss God’s mercy in all of its strange and sometimes disturbing forms and simply continue on my merry way, or will I embrace the mercy of God no matter how it comes to me and allow it to transform my being into His likeness? Holy Spirit, help me not dismiss but receive mercy.
But you, O lOrd, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. (Psalm 3:2)
One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.
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Soli ad 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.