Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
My mantle of mercy is well-worn, but it still keeps me warm-hearted and protects me from the rain of sin; and my wineskin of faith traditions is darkened with age, but it is becoming more and more flexible with every batch of good, aged wine I drink from it, and lends a mellow flavour to the liturgies and prayer disciplines I practice. Humankind, unfortunately has always, still does, and will forever, continue to reach beyond mercy and traditions to seek out ‘new’ mysteries and theories that will turn heads and raise praise. With as many new theories and dogmas as there are scientists and theologians on earth being proclaimed each day by the ever-pervasive media, it is easy to wonder whether I need to patch my mantle, or fill up with ‘new wine’. Jesus cautions against this, saying that an unshrunk and untried piece of cloth will tear an old garment, and that ‘new wine’ can burst an old wineskin, particularly when the wineskin is unused and brittle. Will I try to take on, and take in, all the new theories of spirituality, imagination and intelligence? Or will I continue to use the faith traditions of the gospel of mercy that have thus far led me to Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me use the faith given to me.
Take me out of the net hidden for me, for you are my refuge. (Psalm 31:4)
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
St. Teresa of Calcutta
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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.