Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The power of darkness – despondency, despair, deceits, indecency, and the idea of ‘disaster all around’ –often threatens to cast its pall over our souls as community and as individuals, perhaps especially so during these pandemic times. In this way, from the beginning of time, human kind has thus had the power to destroy itself by unleashing the ‘seven deadly sins’ and allowing them to sweep their beings into hell. What hope is there? Our hope is that from time immemorial God has been intervening in the lives of his people as the historical records in Jewish scriptures indicate. In the 49 generations between King David (whose father was Jesse) and Jesus, God continually connected with people who had faith in the God who is there, the God of mercy. In this way, God prepared the world stage for his earth-shifting work of breaking the death-dealing grip of sin on human kind as a species. With the birth of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who was the Son of Man, God brokered the definitive creation of Life beyond death, Love beyond indifference and selfishness, and Light beyond all darkness, through the ultimate sacrifice of his only beloved Son, born into the family of Jesse at exactly the right time, historically, culturally, and spiritually. Will open my heart, mind, soul and strength to Christ Jesus to be saved from the tyranny of sin? O come, branch of Jesse, save me from the tyranny of sin.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for he has visited and redeemed his people. He has raised up a mighty salvation for us in the house of his servant David. (Luke 1:68-69)
Listen, my people!
Your hopes are answered!
God waits for his people...
Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, Listen, My People, #309, CBW III
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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.