Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
So often it is hard to know how to react to the storm of wild cards thrown at us these days. Workers in agencies and businesses are struggling, health care and human service personnel are running on empty, church programs are flagging and services and social structures that we once took for granted seem to be crumbling. The good news is that Jesus’ own life gives us a pattern for responding to all of these unexpected and sometimes over-whelming experiences. Whether he was hanging back in the Synagogue as a pre-teen, ministering to the crowds under the critical eye of religious leaders, clearing the Temple of its godless add-ons, or walking the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem, Jesus was emotionally self-controlled, morally upright, and culturally rooted and grounded in godliness. Will I respond to my own life circumstances with unleashed emotions, with groveling or ranting rather being than guided by an upright moral stance,, or by resorting to godless ways of the world to attain success? Or will I truly follow Jesus’ way of being self-controlled, upright and godly at all times, and in all places? Holy Spirit of God, help me live self-controlled emotionally, morally upright and in godly ways at all times, with anyone I encounter, in every instance of life. Holy Spirit of God, help me live self-controlled, upright and godly.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116:13)
Our hearts were made for you O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.
St. Augustine of Hippo
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.