Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Yesterday Christendom marked the Annunciation of the Lord to Mary, and to the world, exactly nine months before the birth day of Christ. We each can celebrate an ‘annunciation of the Lord’ each day of our lives by receiving Je-sus, the Word, that is ‘God saves’. Mother Mary received Jesus as a seed that she nurtured and fed for nine months before birthing Him to be Saviour of the world, on the night in Bethlehem when the angels sang. I can receive Jesus, the Word of God, day by day, even hour by hour, by prayer, reading scripture, singing songs of praise, beholding the rhythm and reason of creation, and by living into the love and truth of his teachings. For Mary, it was a choice with a worldly price; she exposed herself to possible exile or even death as a woman becoming pregnant before marriage, and signed on to a life that included fleeing Israel by night with her infant son to Egypt and watching her divine son being rejected, and then tortured and crucified, with only two friends and Jesus’ youngest disciple accompanying her. For me, receiving Jesus also has a worldly price. Fame, success, wealth, comfort, busy-ness and so called ‘security’ become secondary, if not non-existent entities of life, as I walk the path of life with Mother Mary, following her Son, on a journey that is often uncertain and painful, although it is life-, light-, and love-giving. Will I, carry on with life in a temporal sense, largely indifferent to Jesus, or will I, like Mother Mary, be attentive and welcoming to the Word of God and say with her fiat - let it be done to me according to your Word? Holy Spirit of God, help me receive your Word into my life.
If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31)
We become what we love, and who we love shapes what we become.
St. Clare of Assisi
Soli ad gloriam
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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.