Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Luke 1: 26-31
I have wide variety of personal agendas that consider to be within my power, that always threaten to consume my focus and concentration –getting the right job, putting my house completely in order or delving into some new issue or topic. Sometimes I close my eyes and wish beyond the stars in a so-called prayer to God that my will be done. But the agenda of the Holy Spirit of God is always above and beyond anything I can imagine; it is always about establishing God’s mercy-full will amongst humanity. For Mary as young unwed girl, God’s plan was that she would carry, give birth to, and mother Jesus Immanuel, the Son of God. This was definitely beyond Mary’s wildest dreams! As for me, I am sometimes called to do just as unexpected and ‘far out’ things, like being the servant rather than the leader of an organization, intercessing for the world for several hours a day, or making a meal for the widow down the street, and etcetera. Am I, like Mother Mary, so docile to the will of God that I can also say “Fiat –let it be done to me according to your will,” even if I, like Mother Mary, have my life stretched to its limits and beyond? Holy Spirit of God, let it be done to me according to your will.
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 storms that are raging around you will turn out to be for God’s glory, your own merit, and the good of many souls.
Saint Padre Pio
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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.