Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Jesus was the Son of God who was the Son of Man. For about three decades his ministry was in formation as he worked in his foster-father’s business and lived with his family. Around his late twenties he moved to his own place in Capernaum and began to engage his own ministry more actively, particularly after baptism by his cousin John, when the Holy Spirit of God publicly affirmed that Jesus was God’s beloved Son and ready for ministry – and that the crowds were to listen to him. For three years he preached and healed people, releasing prisoners from captivity, raising the dead, and proclaiming the mercy of God. Then he was captured, tortured and crucified by order of the status quo, as a Nazarene-nobody who was primarily an inconvenience. When I am tempted to long for human power and glory this side of heaven, it is worth remembering the short career, the lack of perceived family, and all the public indifference to the work, and the teachings, of Christ Jesus –and his ultimate Resurrection to eternal life, Kingship throughout the ages of humankind, and Glory in the kingdom of God. Am I as a follower of Jesus willing to be as marginalized as Jesus? Holy Spirit, help me be content with being like Jesus.
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. (Psalm 105: 3,4)
I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me"
J. Hudson Taylor
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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.