Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The disciples thought too small. They had just witnessed Jesus feeding first 5000, then 4000 men, women and children, with baskets and baskets of leftovers each time. Yet they were worried that Jesus was chastising them for bringing only one loaf of bread for the 12 of them in the boat, because it ‘wouldn’t be enough’. No wonder Jesus became frustrated with their lack of trust in Him to provide for their needs beyond their own provision. In my own life, I like the disciples have witnessed extraordinary provision – of food, money, clothing, and the right person at the right time, not to mention inner healing, peaceful resolutions to complex conflicts and life in the Spirit in the midst of a global pandemic. And yet like the disciples I too, so often, agonize over my own failings and focus on what I don’t have, forgetting Who it is who walks beside me. All too often I fail to understand that God is able to provide so much more than I need or can even imagine. Will I live in the darkness of my own anxiety and shame, or in the light of trust in God’s mercy and provision? Holy Spirit, help me to continually trust in your Grace and provision.
When the cares of my soul are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (Psalm 94: 19)
Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing away. God never changes.
St. Teresa of Avila
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.