Loving Much

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe-Prayer
Thursday//20September2018//Week XXIV//Year II
1 Corinthians 15:1-11///Luke 7:36-50

            Dearest Lord Jesus Christ,

            On this feast of South Korea’s first priest-saint Andrew Kim Taegon and companions, I praise and thank you for your immense love expressed in forgiving my many sins.
             In your mercy, my sinful moments have become my deepest religious experiences too.  Whenever I find myself in grave sin, full of shame that I could not even call your name, you are always there – lovingly, patiently waiting for me.  Silently and very kindly, welcoming me to come near you even if I have not told you “I am sorry”  or “please forgive me.”
             You know me so well, and that’s the most amazing thing – that you still love me!
Like that woman in Simon’s house you have allowed to come to you, to cry at your feet and wipe them dry with her hair, kissing them and anointing them with ointment  (Lk. 7: 37-38), you just sat there, full of gentleness and mercy.  Though you knew who she was and, most especially of how the people there judged and condemned her, you remained silent.  But when you finally spoke out loud, your words were unbelievable: “Your sins are forgiven.” (Lk.7:48)
             So wonderful, O Lord, of you  reminding me always to strive harder to love and serve you among others because when I recall my many sins and feel shameful, that is also when I must feel grateful to you like Paul and that sinful woman.
             Teach me, Lord Jesus, to love much because much was forgiven of me, first by forgiving those who have hurt me so I could give them all the chances you have given me.AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Raffy Tima of GMANews, Batanes After Typhoon Ompong, 18 September 2018.  Used with his permission.

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