Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Daniel 2:3-45 & Luke 21:5-11
At times it seems that terror is all around us. Whether it’s personal Job-like traumas and trials or the overwhelming Revelation-like portents of a world gone mad on a global scale, it is easy to be terrorized in this present age of humanity. King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of disintegrating kingdoms and Jesus’ prophecies of future doom and gloom are not so different from the terrors that lurk in the shadows today. So what are we, as followers of Christ, to do? Are we to discuss these terrors endlessly, searching for safety and solutions to our own pitiful life-stories? No! God calls us to faith-full-ness towards, into, and through, his mercy as we navigate the twists and turns of our life journeys, no matter the visions we dream, the reports we hear, and the experiences that befall us. Will I dwell on terror all around in my own family, my community and the world, or will I live into the faithfulness of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me be not terrified but faithful.
Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever. (Benedicite Omnia Opera – Daniel 3)
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
St. Teresa of Avila
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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.