Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Luke 9:43(b) – 45
It is inevitable! Grievous times will befall us in the course of our lives. Jesus recognized this and fore-warned his disciples about the trauma ahead of them. Describing to them that he would ‘be handed over to the power of human beings’, Jesus diminished the element of surprise and so greatly reduced the horror-value of his torture, and death by crucifixion. Had the disciples been able to overcome their fears and question their master further about his impending passion, perhaps they, like St. John and Jesus’ Mother would have been able to stand at the foot of the cross and better accommodate this transition in their relationship with their Lord and Saviour. Could it be, that had they also been present as Jesus was crucified, like St. John and Mother Mary, their deaths would have been peaceful assumptions into heaven, and not crucifixions (tradition tells that all other disciples died as martyrs by crucifixion)? Will I have the courage to ask the Holy Spirit of God to help me explore impending traumas in order that I might find new life through and beyond overwhelming and horrific events as did Jesus, St. John and Mother Mary and her friends through the glory of the Cross of Christ? Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me your way through and beyond evil.
Turn to him with all your heart and soul, live in loyal obedience to him. (Tobit 13:6)
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability that counts.
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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.