Prayer to Persevere

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe-Prayer
Wednesday, 28 November 2018, Week XXXIV, Year II
Revelation 15:1-4///Luke 21:12-19

            Everything you have said in today’s gospel, Lord, is now happening:  so many of us are facing so many forms of persecutions, being maligned and hated by so many people filled with evil thoughts and deeds.  The other day you told us how false prophets would come claiming to be you as savior and they, too, are now in our midst with mouths full of blasphemies and deceits, sowing confusion and division among us as a people.

             I am not complaining, Lord Jesus.  I am even thanking you for warning us about these trials and tribulations, assuring us that we need not worry how to defend ourselves from their attacks for not even a hair on our head will be destroyed (Lk.21:14,18).

             All I ask you, Lord Jesus Christ is to bless me with the grace of perseverance (Lk.21:19), that amidst this plague that have come upon us as a nation and as a Church, I may sing with the victors of heaven the song of the Lamb John heard in his vision of heaven (Rev.15:2-4).

             Let me persevere in loving you Jesus even if I am a sinner.
             Let me persevere in following you Jesus even if I often stumble and fall.
             Let me persevere in serving you Jesus even if I am self-centered, seeking recognition.  AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
*Photo above by my former student, Arch, Philip Santiago, Basilica della Santissima Trinita at Fatima, Portugal during his pilgrimage October 2018.  I have always loved this photo shared by Arch. Philip:  at the back of the modern metal cross is a mosaic of the Lamb seen by John in Book of Revelation; at the left side is the mosaic of the BVM with Saints Francisco and Jacinta, visionary children of Fatima and to the right is the mosaic of St. John the Baptist.  Very modern rendition of old concept in Eastern churches of images above the door of Jesus also at the middle flanked by BVM as the start of the New Testament and John the Baptist who closed the Old Testament.  Beautiful images of perseverance in Christ!

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