Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
God’s commandments provide two important elements of life: Instruction on how our to make our human lives work most efficiently and most fruitfully, and secondly, how the whys and wherefores of God’s protection policy. Too often I, like the Israelites living before Christ Jesus was born into the world, try to find ‘the path of life’ on my own, trying this strategy and that trend, or this new discovery and that old custom. When I don’t take time to dig into sacred scripture or listen for God’s voice by prayer, I so easily dismiss ‘the commandments of God’, and set up my own set of commands in reaction to the way of my life. God calls us through the prophets, both ancient and modern, to ‘Obey my voice’, and ‘to walk only (exclusively) in the way I command you... so that it may be well with you.’ It is most useful to not dismiss, but consider God’s commandments of love. It is essential that I do not choose jsut any one of the paths in front of me, but go in the way God has designed for me and my life. Then, as I align myself more with the divine design of my existence, I can be sure of God’s protection so that it might be well with me. What holy commands are the focus of the Holy Spirit’s teaching today? Holy Spirit of God, help me walk only in the way you command me, so that it may be well with me.
Let my steps be guided by your promise; may evil never rule me. (Psalm 118:133)
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
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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.