Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Luke 24:13 -35
Jesus’ path of life took him along the way of rejection, persecution, and crucifixion before he rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Cleopas and Simon, on their way to Emmaus needed to journey over eleven miles of grief, and review with Jesus the whole history of God’s salvation before they reached the turning point of joy when they recognized the risen Lord in the breaking of the bread – and could return the full eleven miles back to Jerusalem to share the resurrection joy of the Lord with other disciples. It makes sense, then, that the path of life for me be no less complicated by suffering or tragedy, and ultimately by understanding the truth of the abundant life that is to be found, manifested as it is in the nativity, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of Man who is the Son of God. Am I truly seeking the path of life as defined by Christ Jesus, and experienced within human history? Risen Christ, make me to know the path of life.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. (Psalm 16:8-10)
If we wish to reach eternal life, then –while there is still time, while we are in this body and have time to accomplish all these things by the light of life –we must run and do now what will profit us forever.
St. Benedict’s Rule
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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.