Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Who doesn’t want to be a beacon of ‘light’ for others, and know the Lord’s guidance? Hidden in these verses from Isaiah there is a two-fold formula for leading such a deeply satisfying and a peaceful life, no matter what traumas and dramas life throws up. If we remove from among us the yoke of judgement of others, expressed by ‘the pointing of the finger and the speaking of evil’ and if we offer our food (not just the extra cheap food we have purchased for the food bank) and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then we become merciful as God is merciful. Isaiah tells us: ‘Then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom (your troubles) will be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually.’ Am I prepared to remove judgement of others from my heart and mind? Am I willing to offer my food, that is, that I have, to satisfy the needs of the afflicted? Holy Spirit, remove from me the pointing of the finger and help me offer my food to the hungry.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (Psalm 86:4)
Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.
Soli 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.