Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Maccabees 2:15-29
The laws and (old and new) covenants of God’s mercy are designed to give life to humankind, no matter what the circumstances. Unfortunately, the world, the flesh and the spirit of this age provide a myriad of options, custom-designed it seems to grab our attention ‘just for a moment’ or ‘just this once’, away from our focus on God’s agenda of mercy on the one hand, and our own accountability on the other. ‘It won’t hurt to spend a lot (of time, treasure or talent) on this project, just this once....’ I’m tempted to tell myself. Rather I should be first determining whether spending my resources in that way will be in keeping with God’s laws and covenants. Or perhaps I am waiting for an unreliable appointee and feel angry frustration rising in my heart as the minutes tick by. Shall I just give into a string of harsh words, or allow my mind and soul to be shaped by the laws and covenants of God, and lean into holy waiting? Today will I stay rooted and grounded in the holy laws and covenant(s) that informed the life of Jesus? Holy Spirit of God, help me not turn away from your laws and covenants.
Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts. (Psalm 119: 134 )
Holiness never goes out of fashion.
Pope Ermeritus Benedict XVI
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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.