Lord Jesus Christ, it is the middle of the week and because of your mercy and love, I have overcome many obstacles as well as accomplished many things since Monday. It is pure grace from you that I am still well, whole and complete physically, mentally and emotionally.
What could possibly be my adequate response to your gifts of love and mercy, Lord Jesus?
More than expressing my gratitude to you like that Samaritan leper you have healed in today’s gospel, help me to grow in holiness in you by going back to you, by being rooted in you.
Growing in holiness in you Jesus is being filled with you.
Growing in holiness in you Jesus is being led by you, my shepherd (Ps.23:1).
Growing in holiness in you Jesus is more than avoiding sin and evil, but doing what is good and just as I walk in this valley of darkness (Ps.23:4).
Growing in holiness in you Jesus is being “obedient and open to every good enterprise (Titus 3:1).”
Growing in holiness in you Jesus is “slandering no one, being peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone” (Titus 3:2).
Thank you Jesus Christ in giving me with so much; I know I have given so little. Help me to give more of myself, give more of my presence with others, and most especially to give more of you dwelling in me. AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
*Photo by my former student at ICSB, Arch. Philip Santiago at the Fatima Square, Portugal, September 2018. Used with permission.