What Does It Take?

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe-Prayer Thursday
12 July 2018, Week-14/Year-2 Ordinary Time
Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9///Matthew 10:7-15

            I am very sorry Lord for so many things that clutter my mind today.  It is always a struggle to be good.  Not only in doing what is good but most of all in being with You, in staying with You, in always believing and trusting in You.

            Sorry if so often I wonder if You mean even today that we must proclaim “the Kingdom of heaven is at hand, that we would cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons?  Moreover, that without cost we have received and without cost must we give?  How can we go on in this time without taking gold or silver or copper for our belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick?  Yet, You also tell us the laborer deserves his keep?”(Mt.10:7-10)

            What does it take to really do Your will, God?

            Based on what I have learned, there are many things that take for anyone to do Your will like faith, love, and courage along with detachment and “positive indifference” by St. Ignatius of Loyola.  But last night before going to rest, I realized the importance of always reviewing my life, of examining not only my conscience but also my consciousness to see and feel how You have loved me immensely and continues to do so!

            Reading Hosea over and over makes me feel sorrowful of my sinfulness yet so loved by You as my Father.  How crazy have I been that “the more You call me, the more I drift away from You, forgetting how You have stooped to feed me, teaching me how to walk as Your own child.  Yet, despite my infidelity and sinfulness, You never vent on Your blazing anger because You are God and not human like us.”(Hos.11:2, 3, 4,9)

Like the psalmist yesterday and today, let me see Your face, touch me with Your love and presence so that I may always stay with You and most of all, follow You closely.  Somehow, like Your psalmists in the Old Testament, we have our gifted musicians who also make us feel Your love for us, Your longing for us.  Help me to give myself to You too today.  Amen.  Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II,Parokya ni San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria,Bulacan 3022

Photo by the author, Betania-Tagaytay, August 2017.

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