Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Like all of the Apostles, Paul was conversant with great suffering, both in his own life, and in the lives of those around him. He realized how much his own life and the lives of any early Christians depended on the mercy of God. With none of our modern medical and emergency services, nor a security force governed by a semblance of justice, early Christians depended simply on the mercy of God to spring the doors of prisons, for rescue after shipwreck at sea, or to sustain them with peace in the face of hungry lions or other means of torture. These days when faced with massive euthanasia, abortion, persistent suffering in our own lives or simply with the untimely deaths of others we, too, can trust only the mercy of God transform the horrors of life to signs of Holy Grace. Christ Jesus, as I be-hold the troubled places in my life and the lives of those around me, in your goodness, have mercy, have mercy.
You who seek God, let your hearts revive. (Psalm 69:3)
Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow and suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.
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.