Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Matthew 10:34 – 11:1
Homes and ‘barns’ set up and organized with what we have, family members all healthy and visiting often, job or talent recognition and success –these are the things I cherish most about my passage through earth. But Jesus calls me to a different reality. In his teachings, living in love and mercy is more important than anything, and the foundation of everything. I need to grasp firmly to myself, not the possessions, income securities, personal comfort, self-satisfaction and even loving relationships that come and go in my life, but the ‘crosses’ of my life –the places of need, insecurity, discomfort, social responsibility and my deep longings for love and truth –that lead me over and again to the grace and mercy of God. Then no matter what peace or disaster befalls my life, I will remain firm in the knowledge and love of God. “[She] who loses her life for my sake will find it...” says Christ Jesus. Will I grasp firmly the securities of this life, or the mercy and grace of God? Holy Spirit, help me not fear losing the things of this world for the sake of Jesus.
Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124: 8)
Taking up the cross means not just being willing to suffer, but being willing to suffer as he did, absorbing violence and hatred through our forgiveness and nonviolence.
Bishop Robert Barron
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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.