Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The truth is, the prophets of God often come to us at our inconvenience, because they are designed to disrupt our complacency and our despondency. For the tenants of the vineyard in Jesus’ story, although the servants and then the son of their master came at harvest time to collect his produce, their master’s emissaries were inconvenient and disruptive, perhaps because they believed that the harvest was theirs because they had done all the work, and so they killed them, one by one. As for humankind, the Lord of Life has been sending his emissaries to us throughout the ages; generally we have found them inconvenient to all of our worldly agendas and an interruption in our day to day lives, and so we have rarely listened to them, and have indeed rejected them and ‘killed them off’ one by one. When God sends his prophets to me – his religious ones, the person who asks me to visit them, a homeless person off on a rant, or even my own family member who longs for companionship, etcetera –they usually present an inconvenience, if not a major disruption; I too am guilty of dismissing the servants of grace sent to bring God’s will and God’s word to me. When the Lord’s prophets come to me today will I dismiss them as an inconvenience and a disruption or will I welcome them and their message into my being? Holy Spirit of God, help me recognize and heed your prophets.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)
The ultimate goal of fasting is to help each one of us to make a complete gift of self to God.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
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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.