It is again a Monday, Lord, and we are all so busy going back to work, to the normal “grind” of the week. And your words drive home to us something very close, literally speaking, hitting our guts, our loins: “This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts, and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is so good for nothing. For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man’s loins, so had I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty. But they did not listen.”(Jer.13:10-11)
How shameful indeed Lord, as we start each day, freshen up ourselves, put on our best clothes but deep inside, very close to our guts, we have “a good for nothing loincloth” – rotting and dirty that permeates deep into our very person. That gut feeling that even if we pretend to be so good, so holy, deep inside, down in our guts, we know something is terribly wrong.
Teach us to go back to you, to be more docile in the Holy Spirit, to follow our “guts” wherever you are leading us. May we give your little voice, your words like the mustard seed to be sowed and grow in us so we can experience your glory, your beauty, and your goodness. So often, we take little things for granted, forgetting that like the “loincloth”, these are the ones closest to us that truly give us comfort and confidence as a person, as a believer, as your follower. Amen.
St. Peter Chrysologus, pray for us.Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II,Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria,Bulacan 3022 .
*About the photo: the flower of the mustard plant I have taken during our Holy Land Pilgrimage April 2017 at the Ein-Karem area on the way to the Church of the Visitation.