Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Living into the ‘holy’ ‘mystery’ of baptism is as much about detachment as it is about attachment. A kanajuk, a ‘sculpin’, a.k.a an ugly fish, lives in arctic waters and is often caught by line or in nets. Full of bones and spikes, it is alluringly exotic and fun to catch, but most often when it is jigged to the surface, or peeled from a net, it is left on the ice as a curiosity for children to look at or for bird food. To eat a larger sculpin, it has to be boiled whole, and the meat and organs have to be separated painstakingly from the tiny bones, and eaten cautiously. Our lives are to some extent a fishing activity. We must cautiously select the ‘fish’ we will keep. It is important to select not the beguiling ugly fish but the good fish, to ingest not the bones but the meat, and to ensure that we detach ourselves from the evil around us to be able to grow in purity and holiness in the eyes of God. Will I take the trouble to detach myself, soul and body from all that is evil? Holy Spirit of God, help me live into the holy mystery of my baptism.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth the sea and all that is in them. (Psalm 146: 3,5)
“Remain in Me”, not for a few moments, a few hours which must pass away, but "remain . . ." permanently, habitually. Remain in Me, pray in Me, adore in Me, love in Me, suffer in Me, work and act in Me.
Elizabeth of the Trinity
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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.