Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Job 19: 1, 23-27
Like Job, Joseph and even Jesus, we seem to have to suffer extraordinary things in this life. Disappointing or even traumatic events seem to pile up, at times without reprieve. Human consolation is erratic at best; it can be very difficult to find someone who has both the time and understanding to help us. Sometimes friends lead us even further into despair, as did the friends of Job. But consolation from God – through scripture reading, prayer and taking the next best step in the footsteps of Jesus – is sure. I only need to consistently show up, open my heart to his ways and will, and watch for his merciful redemption. For Job, it was the restoration of his fortunes, for Joseph, it was being invited to accompany Jesus as his parent, and for Jesus God’s last defence was his resurrection from the dead. Lord God, come at last to my defence.
The Lord fills my life with good things, so that I stay young and strong like an eagle. (Psalm 103:4)
Live in such a way that you bear outwardly as well as inwardly the image of Christ crucified, the model of all gentleness and mercy.
Saint Paul of the Cross
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.