Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In their oppression by the Egyptian nation, the Israelites were ordered to throw every boy that was born to them into the Nile River to drown them. The mother of Moses chose life, even in the face of punishment by death. She hoped beyond her deepest wishes; she trusted God’s love of her baby son beyond her fears; and she loved her son beyond her own limitations. By preparing a waterproof reed basket with all her skill Moses’ mother saved the life of her infant son, even while obeying the law of throwing him in the Nile. By assigning her daughter to watch over her baby brother, she got others involved in his well being. By trusting God she obediently gave her son to Pharoah’s daughter – for upbringing, even though it was in their oppressors’ courts. Her skill, her collaboration and her trust paved the way for Moses to eventually save all of the Israelite nation, a vision beyond her wildest dreams. How is God calling me to protect life, at all costs? Holy Spirit of God, strengthen my, strengthen our, protection of life.
Let the oppressed see the salvation of God and be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. (Psalm 69)
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Saint Mother Teresa
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.