The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul, Thursday within the Octave of Easter, 16 April 2020
Acts of the Apostles 3:11-26 <*(((>< +++ ><)))*> Luke 24:35-48
Dearest Lord Jesus Christ:
Today I pray for just one simple thing for everyone: that we believe in you and the One who sent you.
How sad, O Lord, that in the midst of this pandemic, we still refuse to believe in you with some people continuing to rely more in themselves, in their sciences, in their technologies, in their peoples.
How sad, O Lord, when our religious beliefs border mostly between the two extremes of either blaming you for every tragedy and calamity we go through or, forgetting and even disregarding you from every triumph and victory we achieve in life.
Enlighten our minds and our hearts, Jesus.
“Now I know, brothers and sisters that yo acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ already appointed for you, Jesus…”Acts of the Apostles 3:17-20
Indeed, O Lord, to believe in you is the starting point of everything.
Give us the grace to recognize you within us most especially when we break the bread even through the wonders of the modern internet.
One common thing that the evangelists tell us after you rose from the dead is how you would always join your disciples on the table and share meal with them.
In this time when churches are closed and all we can do is celebrate the Eucharist on TV or the Internet, pour out your grace upon us to continue to recognize and experience you in our table fellowship to remove our doubts of your presence and assure us of your salvation.
“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in then prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”Luke 24:38, 41-48
Help us, Jesus in our unbelief, increase our little faith in you in these times of crisis.
Keep us strong in being your witnesses in this modern time when we have so many other gods being worshipped. Amen.