Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Soon after telling the crowds that their work is to believe in him, Jesus mentions in passing how this is accomplished – hearing and learning from God. Setting out to hear and learn from God is more of a decision of the will, than a happenstance event. When I take the time to be mindful in the presence of God’s omnipresence, I can indeed listen to the foundational truths of mercy and life that resonate through all of creation, rock solid beneath all the chatter of my own mind and the collective consciousness of human activity and conversation –and learn our Creator’s ways of navigating the journey of this life. When I align myself with God’s presence and God’s will, I am doing what Jesus did throughout his time on earth – hearing and learning from the Holy Spirit of his Father, particularly in periods of prayer, but also at any time in the ‘marketplace’ of day to day life. Deliberately turning my attention to God is ‘faithful belief’ in action. This is how I can know Jesus more clearly, and follow him more nearly, in his ways of faith, hope and love. As I deal with the challenges of these days – social distancing, economic stress, distressing chances and changes in daily life –who am I listening to? What am I learning? Holy Spirit of God, help me hear you and learn from you.
Bless God, O Peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.(Psalm 66:1)
Christ’s call is revolutionary, there is no denying it. If we Christians would put it into practice, it would change the world in a few months.
Catherine Doherty. Living the Gospel Without Compromise
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Soli ad 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.