Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
There is no doubt that Saul of Tarsus, the slayer of Christians, was committed to being an instrument of the Lord. So committed was he to God, that when confronted by Jesus in a vision, he did a 180 turn and joined the followers of the very Way he had tried to eliminate. In so doing, he became an instrument of God’s grace rather than the instrument of its destruction. Similarly, when confronted by the Lord in his own vision, Ananias was led to do the unthinkable – to go to Saul of Tarsus and heal his sight. By being obedient to God’s revision of their prejudices and fears both men went on to become powerful instruments of God’s grace within the early church, in ways not even they could have imagined. Am I similarly open to the revelations of Jesus for my life to become as radically aligned with the mercy of God as theirs? Lord, make me an instrument of your grace.
Grant, we pray, that we, who have come to know the grace of the Lord’s Resurrection, may, through the love of the Spirit, ourselves rise to newness of life. (Collect of the day)
Some pruning comes unexpectedly and violently. Some comes gradually… Then we have more time for God and the things of God, and can give more attention to the sacred space within us.
Jean Vanier in Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus
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.