Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Society pressures each of us to accomplish as much as possible as quickly as possible so that our lives ‘count for something’. As a result so many of the ways and plays in society are based on ‘bitter envy and selfish ambition’ that are ‘boastful and false to the truth’, according to St. James the Elder. But when I move away from self-centredness and the hurried drive to be a human ‘doing’ I am able to make ‘gentleness born of wisdom’, or mercy, my only goal. I am called to take time to live into the wisdom from above which James tells us is ‘first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy’. Then my life will produce ‘a harvest of righteousness sown in peace’. This inevitably and immeasurably changes the lives of others around me as well as my own life. Holy Spirit of God, let my works be done with gentleness born of wisdom.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19: 20)
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
Soli gloriam dei .
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.