Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Samuel 8:4-22 & Mark 2:1-12
Envy of other nations shaped the Israelites’ preconceived request for a king from God. Why ask God to help them understand what to ask for? They knew what they wanted and forced God’s hand to give it to them. On the other hand, the men with the paralytic friend rightly asked for divine intervention. They perceived their friend needed divine help and dug through the roof to drop him down into the nearer presence of Jesus. They believed that the Lord could help him and trusted Jesus to do the best thing for their buddy. With the Lord, they conceived the circumstances for healing to take place and cooperated to bring their friend to the Lord. Then they gratefully received, along with their friend, Jesus’ kind of healing and abundant life. Am I willing to learn how to rightly ask things of God? Christ Jesus, teach me to rightly ask things of our Father.
Ask and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. (Matt 7:7)
God is ever is prying the lids off our closed minds to let in the light of his holiness.
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.