Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul
Acts 12: 1-11, 2 Tim 4:6-18 & Psalm 34
Peter was so free from fear that he was able to sleep in a Roman prison cell flanked by four guards – and so could respond to an angel sent to rescue him. Paul, who spent a life time dodging various traumas and tortures was so free from fear that he continued to proclaim the Gospel of Christ Jesus, even though it meant an intensification of his mis-adventures – and so could confidently proclaim freedom in Christ from his prison cell in Rome while awaiting execution. Fears and anxieties are always but a thought away, and compel me to make rash and often ‘dangerous decisions’. Like passengers in a small boat flocking to the side of the captain in a storm, and make the boat capsize, our fears have the passive power to lead us into the wrong place at the wrong time. But when I allow my faith in God’s great mercy to put my (often unfounded) fears in perspective, then like the Apostles Peter and Paul, I am able to fruitfully and generously endure and persevere through all kinds of conversations and challenges in my life. Today will I respond to life with fears or with faith? Holy Spirit of Jesus, set me free from all my fears.
I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
We fear the future because we are wasting today.
Saint Mother Teresa
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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.