Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Any ‘good’ shepherd has laid down his life for his sheep by being on the job 24/7/365. Jesus, as the Good Shepherd literally gave up his life that we, his followers, might be able to look to him as our guide, our master, and our friend through the gift of his Holy Spirit every minute of every hour of our lives, 24/7/365. Our good shepherd knows where to find the cool waters of peace and joy, and leads us there as only he can, to drink deeply of the sweetness of love and truth. And he knows which lush meadows are nearby and leads us there, to take in his living word and take part in lively communion with himself and with other women and men and children who are part of his flock. I am familiar with, and recognize, the voice of Jesus, but do I constantly listen for his guidance and call back and forth to him? Will I attentively keep my heart open to his beck and call? Holy Spirit help me listen to Jesus, my good shepherd.
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. (Psalm 96:7)
It is not a gift or a reward God wants to give us. It is a communion. An encounter. A life.
Jean Vanier in A Cry is Heard. 2018
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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.