Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When Jesus was heading to Jerusalem for certain death, he gave his disciples specific instructions to “Let not your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid. “ Easy to say, strange to hear, and hard to do. But Our Lord went on to give his friends, including us, the key to being able to stay untroubled and unafraid through anything. “If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father!...” Jesus lived so enrobed in the love and mercy of God each day of his life, that he had learned long before his Passion that first trusting, and then rejoicing in the will of God unfolding through all circumstances, both great and small, both ugly and beautiful, both easy and hard, was the path to sanity and life. He encouraged his disciples to embrace, first their love of Jesus, then to trust the Father that His will would be done beyond any evil that may occur, and then to rejoice in this fact of God overcoming all evil. In these times when our world is slipping and sliding in the grips of global pandemic events, will I choose to love God and to trust Him so that I, too, can rejoice and be not troubled or afraid? Holy Spirit of God, help me rejoice in the unfolding of your will.
And now we follow you, O Lord, with our whole heart. No one who trusts you will ever be disappointed. (Daniel 3:17)
Our greatest fear in life should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
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.