Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The infant Jesus was so good and holy that angels sang at his birth. And yet within weeks King Herod was trying to kill him and annihilated hundreds of Jewish babies in the process. Throughout the ages millions of innocent children have lost their lives. Persecutions, epidemics and famines that periodically sweep through populations, even today, slay innocent children first and foremost. Jesus survived Herod’s slaying of the Holy Innocents through the grace of God – a dream that told Joseph the Truth, and his step-father’s disciplined, obedient, and skilled, character that allowed him to respond by immediately fleeing with Mary and her baby Jesus to Egypt. Our forebears were fortunate like Jesus, and by the discipline, obedience and skills of their parents, also escaped the periodic scourges that came their way. Our family lines not only survived but thrived generation by generation down through the years, to bring me to this day, in this society, where I have reached adulthood, and have received the grace of God so that our four children have reached the age of majority. Do I realize the grace and discipline that saved my family down through the ages? Do I appreciate the grace of God and the obedience of Joseph that saved the Son of God who was the Son of Man so that he could redeem all of humankind? Holy Spirit of God, thank you for saving my family.
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side when our enemies attacked us... then they would have swallowed us alive. (Psalm 124:1,4)
Praise and bless the Lord, and give thanks, and serve him with great humility.
St. Francis of Assisi
A Joyful and a Blessed Christmas season to you and your family!
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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.