Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jeremiah 16:1-9 & Matthew 13:47-52
When conditions are ‘not too bad’ in our lives, it is easy to trust in the praises and promises of human kind and to dismiss the prophetic cries of God, as did the people in both Jeremiah’s and Jesus’ home communities. Jeremiah’s message telling the people how far from God they were living, and Jesus’ teachings about himself as the way, the truth and the life, were too disruptive and inconvenient for most people, both then and now, who preferred to trust in customary perceptions, their own judicial systems, the trades and trends of everyday life and the local gossip (the media’s) version of reality. In the signs and stresses of present times, will I lean into the currents of collective social understanding, or trust the message of God, correcting us and calling us back to himself, no matter how challenging, counter-cultural, disturbing or inconvenient it is? Holy Spirit of God help me trust in God alone.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth the sea and all that is in them. (Psalm 146: 3,5)
If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.
Corrie Ten Boom
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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.