Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Maccabees 6:18-31
The story of Eleazar remains a bench mark of human dignity and integrity. Eleazar, a dignified and disciplined ninety year old Jewish elder, refused to eat the unclean offerings of popular culture, or even feign their consumption for the purpose of saving his own life. In his brutal death he showed himself worthy of his old age by leaving the legacy of a noble example of how to die a good death willingly and nobly for the revered and holy laws. It was not so much his violent death, but rather Eleazar’s underlying courage and integrity, that stand out for Christians of any age facing persecutions today, whether they be arguments on the home front or societal pressures to vote for a government that promotes a culture of death. At any age, when I believe in God and truly and honestly follow his ways, I am able to live into my full potential of human dignity and integrity, becoming, like Eleazar, a witness to the worth and instrinsic Godliness of each human soul. This is living ‘worthy of my age’, no matter how old I am. Will I endure persecution and maintain my dignity and integrity as a true child of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me be worthy of my age.
Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts. (Psalm 119: 134 )
You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, easy, cheap, or fake.
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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.