Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Time after time in scripture we see the plans of holy men and women being put aside as they lean into a prayerful consideration of God’s will that is designed to help them and their families live in love, beyond evil. When Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant with ‘God with us’ that is, Emmanuel, he planned to do what was right according to local custom, to ‘dismiss her quietly’. But the God’s will for the coming of the Great Lord of Might into the human condition was different from the Jewish customs of the day. As Joseph beheld his decision with a prayerful and open heart, God was able to intervene and direct him to welcome Mary and become the perfect stepfather of her Holy Child, Jesus, ‘God saves’ , the Son of Man who was the Son of God, destined to be the Redeemer of the world. Subtle though Joseph’s decision was that night, it changed the course of history. Subtle though God’s direction is in our lives – a dream here, a nudge there, a view of glory ahead or a word of scripture just at the right moment – the Lord of Might performs mighty deeds almost invisibly through the love and obedience of faithful human beings. Will I be open to the coming of the Great Lord of Might into my life? O Come, Great Lord of Might ... lead me into your will.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. (Psalm 25: 2)
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.