Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Our experience in Canada today in some ways parallels Jesus’ visit to Nazareth, his home community. Jesus was just trying to make an ordinary visit home. We are just trying to live our ordinary lives. Because of Roman occupation, the people of Nazareth, like all Jewish people in those days, were more or less under siege by a common enemy. All people across our country today are under siege by the COVID-19 virus. Jesus was met with a barrage of misconceptions and half-truths based on a community that was already far from God’s plan. We are being bombarded with conceptions and mis-conceptions, with truths and half-truths and outright lies generated by a society that has been hurtling away from God for generations. Both in Jesus’ times and in our times, life was complicated and could easily be interpreted as being ‘tense’, even hopeless. What did Christ Jesus do in the face of all the ‘deceits’ of his day? He passed through the midst of them and went on his way. What am I to do with the barrage of daunting information and mis-information swirling around me this week as we all live into our various shades of ‘social distancing’? Will I let these ‘deceits’ that threaten to ‘hurl me off the cliff’ of sanity take their course, or will I, like Jesus, stand up, pass through the midst of them, and go on my way? Holy Spirit of God, help me stand up and walk through the deceits of these days.
O send out your light and your truth. Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain. (Psalm 42)
Jesus, take my life and lead me on…
Lenny Leblanc in Lord you Have My Heart
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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.