Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Saint Paul was writing to the Christians living in Rome at the heights of Roman civilization, which, like our age, was a time of rampant societal sin and incredible atrocities done in the name of amusement, comfort and disordered affections. Paul’s advice for living in such evil times? Does he advise his readers to cocoon themselves in the catacombs (their churches), or to start a new organization? No. Paul counselled Christians living within such a society to wake up and as individuals throw off the works of darkness and to instead put on the armour of the light of Christ as clothing and as protection. In this way, as much as I throw off the works of darkness and deliberately put on the armour of light, I have the power to transform myself and my own corner of the world into a holy and living dwelling for the Holy Spirit of God. Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me throw off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. (Psalm 11:3)
Lord, you are the source of unfailing light. Give us true knowledge of your mercy so that we may renounce our pride and be filled with the riches of your house.
Psalm prayer Wednesday Morning, Week I, Shorter Christian Prayer, Catholic Book Publishing, 1988
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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.