Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In the world, there are not ‘them’ and ‘us’, but rather only ‘us’. When Jesus interacted with the crowds of people who followed him, he saw each person and received them as one of the family of God, as fellow human beings each beloved by the Father. King Saul, on the other hand, by giving into the all-too-human characteristic of grasping for power and control was so obsessed by his own lust for power and control, for domination, that he became crazed with hunting and killing a man whom he admired – his harp-player and court musician, David. By contrast David received Saul with respect and honor, in the cave where he and his friends were hiding, and showed Saul the corner had had cut from his garment to prove that he had no ill intent. It was this willingness to act honorably rather than in a dominating way, that made David a more effective king than his predecessor. Will I walk in the company of David and Jesus, receiving all people as brothers and sisters, or will I, like King Saul, seek to dominate others? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me receive others as you receive them.
I have found my servant [David] with holy oil I have anointed him; my hand shall always remain with him; my arm shall also strengthen him. My faithfulness and steadfast love will be with him. (Psalm 89:20 – 21)
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other – that man, that woman, that child is my brother, my sister.
St. Mother Teresa
Soli ad gloriam
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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.