Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Walking from Jerusalem home to Emmaus, Cleopas and his friend Simon were talking about the extraordinary things that had taken place over the weekend, trying to figure out what was going on. Jesus came up beside them and, begging ignorance, called out their confusion and listened to their pain. But his love and his knowledge of the truth could not be hidden. The two friends were given the story they had lived through from Jesus’ perspective, a story that burned through their despair and gave them hope, deepened their faith, and poured live-giving love into their beings. Begging their walking companion to stay with them through the night, the men’s eyes were opened to Jesus’ true identity when he presided over their supper. It was then that they commented to one another, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, opening the scriptures to us?” Today, will I turn to Christ Jesus, to listen to his Words, to his version of our human story, so that all that is dead and deceit-full in me can be burned away by the fire of God’s love and truth? Risen Jesus, let the fire of your love and truth burn within me.
This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. (Psalm 118:23-24)
I have seen the Lord!
Mary Magdalene, St John’s Gospel 20:18
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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.