Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Very soon in the early church with the disciples devoted to prayer and teaching ‘lay persons’ were appointed to ‘wait on tables’ and serve the poor. Although he was respected as ‘a man full of faith and the Holy spirit’, Stephen was not given the role of preaching but of serving the Gospel. When I, like Stephen, willingly do the task I have been assigned while distributing (and receiving) the mercy of God, my whole community (and`family`) will benefit. I am capable of doing many tasks, some lowly and some lofty; but what is the job I have been engaged to do? Do I envy others’ positions, or am I embracing the tasks that I have been assigned? Holy Spirit, help me willingly live into the position given me.
The word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. (Psalm 33:3)
“Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with most earnest prayer to perfect it.”
St. Benedict of Nursia
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.