Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit of God, help me serve you without fear in holiness and righteousness all the days of my life …
Feast of St. John the Baptist
Luke 1: 67-80
Zachariah, the father of St. John the Baptist and a Priest of the temple, served the Lord without fear in holiness and righteousness, and surely knew the prophesies of old. It seems he was also given a special understanding of the role of his son in God’s view of the redemption of humanity. Zechariah seemed to realize that the birth of John, [the Grace of God ] who was the infant son of his and his wife, Elizabeth’s old age, was pivotal because it pointed to the birth of the Messiah, the Christ child. The Benedictus, a song that he sang at the birth of his ‘miracle’ baby, is a summary of the salvation of the human race in general and of my salvation and yours specifically. Why was God sending John out into the world to herald the Messiah soon to be born into the human condition? So that, we might serve Him, that is God our Father, without fear of any natural, demonic or human entity, in holiness and righteousness, not worried about plans and projects but trusting in the Lord, all the days of our life. This is the goal of each human being. This is every individual’s purpose in life. Will I live into the purpose of my life, to serve God without fear? Holy Spirit of God, help me serve you without fear in holiness and righteousness all the days of my life.
Lord, your knowledge of me is too deep, it is beyond my understanding... I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:6,14)
Lord, You see me whether I am working or I am resting; you know all my actions… You are around me on every side; you protect me with your power.
A Psalm by David, #139 (GNT)
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.