Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As I follow Jesus, I find my heart softening to everyone, including the poor, the sick, the lame (in body, mind or soul), the imprisoned, the dying. But what to do for them, with them? The world says, “They made their choices and are living the consequences – leave them be.” The flesh says, “Watch it! You have just enough energy, resources and time for you and your own family – don’t over extend yourself!” The devil says, “They’re on their own! To hell with them!”. And the religious leaders of the day took the scientific approach, “Let’s see if He heals against the laws of our religion!” Jesus said to the man with the withered hand – in the synagogue on a Sabbath! –“Come to me….stretch out your hand to me,” and the man’s hand was restored. Will I use the excuses of the world to fend off fellow human beings in need? Or will I, like Jesus, notice them, welcome them, and encourage them to stretch out their lives to me as a representative of Jesus’ Mercy, so that they can be restored by the power of the Living, Loving God? Holy Spirit of Jesus, protect my softness of heart to love like you.
Be my protector, O God… for you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name. (Psalm 30)
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
St. Francis of Assisi
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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.