Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Sixth day of Christmas
1 John 2: 12-17 & Luke 2:36-40
What is God’s will? In the first of his letters, St. John outlines five ways we do God’s will: letting our sins be forgiven on account of his name, knowing God who is from the beginning, conquering the evil one, being strong in the Lord, and allowing the word of God to rest in us. Anna, who was a prophet present in the temple when Joseph and Mary presented Jesus there, was an example of such faithfulness. Lord God, let me, like Anna, faithfully do your will.
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1 )
Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the world began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the Source, the Ending He.
Of the things that are that have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore.
O that birth forever blessed!
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving
Bare the Saviour of our race,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed his sacred face,
Evermore and evermore. (Prudentius AD 348-413 tr. JMN1861)
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.