Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Acts 13:13-35, John 18:16-20
King Saul & Judas Iscariot had this in common: They were both particularly chosen by God to be in privileged postions. Saul was to become the first king of the Israelites and Judas was handpicked by Jesus to become one of his 12 Apostles. But Saul and Judas also turned against God, each driven by an attitude uninformed by faith. Out of fear, King Saul became worried about his status and tried to eliminate David who was anointed to become his successor. Out of personal greed Judas tossed faith to the wind and betrayed Jesus. Protracted fear and greed are signs of faithlessness, and as they grasp a person’s spirit, they will consequently result in sin and torment , just as they produced sin and untimely death when they were unleashed in the lives of Saul and Judas. Since Jesus lived and rose again and sent us the Holy Spirit to teach and empower us, we always have a choice to look to Jesus and follow his way, to the abundant life that is the Good News, instead of leaning to our own understanding of what is important in life. Will I become sidetracked from the way of Jesus, by giving in to fear and greed? Or will I faithfully walk with Christ Jesus and our Heavenly Father along the right path? Holy Spirit of God, help me follow you along the good path of abundant life.
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his name shall be exalted. (Psalm 89)
Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever, and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Soli ad gloriam
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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.