Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The people of Jesus’ day expected that their Saviour would be calling them to arms to obtain societal power and control. Instead their Messiah came as the Prince of Peace. He did not call them to espionage and weapons. Instead he offered to settle his yoke on their shoulders so that they could learn from him as Redeemer and Healer of all of humankind. He offered to teach them not violence, but his own gentleness and humility, so that they could find rest. Am I willing to exchange my own brand of power and control (aka violence) for the gentleness and humility of Christ? Teach me your gentleness and humility, Christ Jesus.
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. (Psalm 145:3)
Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Soli gloriam dei.
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.