Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Eastern Orthodox tradition says that Zechariah was murdered soon after John the Baptist was born, because he would not recant his account of God’s mercy in the circumstances surrounding his son’s birth, and that his wife, Elizabeth, had to flee with their baby into the desert to save his life. In spite of this, Jesus’ cousin, Zechariah’s son, who was just six months his senior, ‘grew and became strong in spirit and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.’ For about thirty years John lived in severe austerity in the wilderness, praying and fasting to make straight the way for the Messiah to come into the world to redeem humanity. Am I willing to put worldly cares and worries -and my own agenda - aside at least from time to time, to pray and fast the ways straight for Christ Jesus to enter into my family, and all of humanity today? Holy Spirit, help me prepare the way of the Lord.
O lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. (Psalm 139:1)
Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they should give themselves entirely into his hands and allow his grace to act.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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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.