Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The first covenant of God made with Abraham and Israel, and the second covenant of God bringing all non-Jews into God’s grace, that was brokered through the passion and obedient death of Christ Jesus, have the same core message (in crude paraphrase): ‘You will be my people, and I will be your God: believe in me and live the laws of love.’ And just as the Israelites melted down their treasures of gold and silver to make heathen idols, so we in these times are melting down our incredible collective gifts of digital communications, scientific knowledge, global travel and incredible advances in ‘health care’, and etcetera, and using them to make our own present day idols: huge bank accounts, mines and industries that rape the natural world, staggering statistics that track the global genocide of unborn babies, and obscene advances in the arts and sciences that promote a culture of death and decay, to name but a few. What to do? As follower of Jesus, we must with Moses live into our calling to pray at all times for all states and conditions of humankind, to call into remembrance our covenant of grace with God, and to beg constantly for God’s mercy to penetrate our individual and collective humanity. Am I convinced that the covenant of God is worth remembering? Will I pray and ask for God to infuse his mercy into our world, faulty and fickle as it is? Holy Spirit of God, have mercy on us for the sake of your covenant!
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)
Live in holy joy and fly from anything that would dissipate your spirit.St. Paul of the Cross
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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.