Advent Is For Discerning The Most Essential

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe-Prayer
Monday, 03 December 2018, Advent Week 1
Isaiah 2:1-5///Matthew 8:5-11

            Dearest Lord Jesus:  Forgive me on this first Monday of December of the first week of the Season of Advent when I joined everyone in the Christmas rush that has nothing to do with your coming at all.  Forgive me in feeling it is a time of no room, a time of the end that I have to finish everything, fulfill so many tasks without finding you.  Forgive me for being so obsessed with lack of time, lack of space, of having no room even for myself this Christmas.

            How sad, and what a shame when I myself forget that Advent in its truest sense as a time of joyful expectation and preparation for your Second Coming is when we must dare to open up for you, when we must create and find more time, more space, and yes – a room in our hearts for you Jesus who is definitely coming again.

            Like that centurion in the gospel, grant me that grace to learn and to discern what is most relevant, what is most essential for us individually and communally because with you, there is always plenty of room, plenty of space, and plenty of time for everyone who is welcomed to “climb the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob” (Is.2:3).

            May the centurion’s words be my prayer today and always, sweet Jesus:  “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”  (Mt. 8:8).  AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.

*Photo by the author of the eagle, the symbol of our Patron St. John Evangelist, known for it sharp sense of sight in seeing the details in the life of Jesus Christ.  Taken yesterday first Sunday of Advent 2018.

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