A Prayer To Make Our Joy Complete

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe-Prayer
Monday, 05 November 2018, Week XXXI, Year II
Philippians 2:1-4//Luke 14:12-14   

            Heavenly Father, today I join St. Paul in the first reading in praying that our joy may be complete “by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.” Help me to “do nothing out of selfishness or vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than me, as I look out not for my own interests but also for others.” (Phil. 2:2-4)

          Most of the time, we cannot share with the “complete joy” your Son Jesus Christ promised us when He said He is the true vine and we are His branches (Jn. 15:11) because we keep on separating from Him.  Worst of all, like in His parable today, we have created divisions among us when we chose to associate only with those who look like us, think like us, expecting like us for rewards, of being repaid for any good things we do unto them (Lk. 14:12).

           Let me be the one to make that first move of completing our joy, and your joy too, O God, by reaching out in love to those in the margins like the poor and suffering, the sick and the dying, and those we see as different from us in so many other things whom we take for granted.
           Let me bring joy to even just one of them, to let them feel we are one, hoping they can have a brighter Monday today.  If I can brighten just one person today, then both of us would be completely joyful!  The more joys are completed among persons, the world becomes brighter.  And that is when our joy, your joy become truly complete for that is when we live as one in Jesus Christ.  AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
*Photo by Dra. Mai B. Dela Pena, Tokyo, Japan 2018.  Used with permission.


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