Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When the mother of Zebedee’s children over-stepped boundaries and asked Jesus for favours for her two sons, Jesus responded evenly out of truth born of prudent wisdom and mercy. The other 10 disciples on the other hand responded to the request with ‘normal’ and seemingly well-placed anger against their two colleagues. The incident could have become the source of an ongoing point of conflict between Jesus’ twelve chosen apostles. Instead, Jesus cut through his disciples’ self-righteous ire and boundary-crashing techniques. He took this opportunity to teach his disciples that service trumps righteousness, and humility will do away with anger, to allow hearts –and a new church – to grow around and despite the errors of others. In my life, what ‘righteous indignation’ needs to be displaced by humble service? Holy Spirit, help me engage not righteous indignation but humble service in my life.
I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, to go and bear fruit that will last. (John 15)
If we are to grow in love, the prisons of our egoism must be unlocked. This implies suffering, constant effort and repeated choices.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
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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.