Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Mark 3: 13-19
Being with Jesus is not a passive synchronicity, but an active choice. Although I know, as a disciple of Jesus, that He promised to be with us to the end of the world, it is clear from this reading that Jesus chose for his disciples men who would ‘be with him’ through thick and thin and eventually through death and resurrection. If I am truly committed to being a disciple, I, too, will seek to be with Jesus. St. Mark’s Gospel is direct and to the point: Jesus appointed twelve men “whom he wanted…to be with him, to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.” It was because the fishermen, the tax collector, the common folk who became the Disciples of Jesus were with Jesus, that they learned what to do - to proclaim the message, and cast our demons, and take a leadership role in the Church as Jesus’ Apostles for all time. Today, followers of Jesus are encouraged to think, ‘What would Jesus do?’ to make good choices. Perhaps we also need to ask ourselves, ‘Where is Jesus’?, and then to look for Him. When I find Jesus in any relationship, any event, or circumstances of any kind, I need to go and be with him. Then I will find out what he is doing – and what I am to do. Today, will I look for Jesus in every part of my life, and then go to be with him, to learn from him how to be his disciple? Holy Spirit of God, show me where Jesus is in my life and give me the courage to go and be with him.
Righteousness will go before him and make a path for his steps. (Psalm 85)
As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you.
Soli ad gloriam Dei
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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.