Our foolish hearts

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul

Monday, Week XX, Year I, 19 August 2019

Judges 2:11-19 ><)))*> ><)))*> ><)))*> Matthew 19:16-22

Grotto at Baguio (Mirador Hill), February 2019.

Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, he would be with the judge and save them from the power of their enemies as long as the judge lived; it was thus the Lord took pity on their distressful cries of affliction under their oppressors. But when the judge died, they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors, following other gods in service and worship, relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct.

Judges 2:11-19

Sometimes I wonder why, O God, you did not just fix our hearts on you so we would remain in you?

Like the experiences of your people during the time of judges in Israel, our lives have become like one big vicious circle too difficult to break but so easy to predict: we turn away from you, our lives go wayward, we repent, you forgive us, then we go back to you, we are blessed and then, after some period of peace and prosperity, we again turn away from you, our lives go wayward and the cycle continues.

What a foolish heart we have, O Lord.

But, you are so filled with love and mercy for us, believing in us always for the ability to change and remain in you despite our weaknesses.

Thank you for never completely abandoning us, for always having that gaze filled with love like Jesus looking onto that young man in the gospel who walked away sad because he could not completely commit himself to serving you and loving you with all his heart.

Keep us faithful to you, enlighten our minds and our hearts to trust only in you even if the journey is full of dangers and difficulties.

We pray in a special way for our brothers and sisters suffering with various forms of cancer. May the prayers of St. Ezequiel Moreno grant them healing. Amen.

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