Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Like the people of Lycaonia, I too can become absorbed by the ‘goods’ of today’s society – whether they be ideas, ideals, or items. Like the Lycaonians, I sometimes get caught up in idolizing and my own best attempts to immortalize some or all of the ‘goods’ I am privileged to discover along my life’s journey. Any and all of the ‘goods’ of life can be useful, but only insofar as they enrich my life, by pointing me to the living God. Am I expending my life’s resources for worthless things that lead me away from God, or am I using my time, treasure and talents to walk with the living God, whom I know through Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Spirit in the quiet places of my heart and mind? Holy Spirit, help me turn away from worthless things to the living God.
Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. (Psalm 115: 1)
In order to live more deeply this friendship with God, other desires that have taken up too much room in our hearts and lives may have to be pruned or cut away. but their loss can be the prelude to being filled in an new and deep way with God.
Jean Vanier in Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus P. 254
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.