Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When I listen eagerly to someone, their words not only taste good, but I savour their ideas and the lilt of their voice ... and allow their message to become embedded in my memory. Lydia, a Greek ‘worshipper of God’, and a business woman (a dealer in purple cloth), became interested in the talk of Paul and Luke and their companions by the river and ended up listening eagerly to their account of Jesus’ ministry, passion and resurrection. It was life-giving – she and her whole household were baptized and become followers of The Way! Am I similarly eager to listen to the word of God, printed in the Holy Scriptures, displayed in living colour in nature, and written into the hearts of humankind? Open my heart, Lord, to listen eagerly to your word.
Sing to the Lord a new song. (Psalm 149:1)
This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God.
St. Augustine of Hippo
Soli gloriam dei.
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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.