The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday in the Fifth Week of Easter, 06 May 2021 Acts 15:7-21 ><)))*> ><)))'> ><)))*> John 15:9-11
Lord Jesus Christ, teach me to rediscover joy. Teach me to be joyful again. Most of all, complete my joy in you, sweet Jesus as you have promised us before you were betrayed.
Jesus said to his disciples: "If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete." (John 15:10-11)
You know very well, Lord, how hard our lives have been since this pandemic happened last year. Aside from the difficulties and sufferings of getting sick, of avoiding COVID-19 came the many days and nights of loneliness and depression, of feelings of being alone and not cared for. Even forgotten.
Indeed, as experts claim, 2021 is the time when we are all “languishing” – not really depressed but not having zest in life, unproductive, and yes, lacking in joy.
And if we lack joy, it means only one thing: we do not have you because we do not love truly. Or at all.
Teach us to love again, Lord. To continue loving others without distinction, especially those who are not like us. Open our eyes to see the way you see everyone, that no matter what is one’s color or gender or belief or background in life is blessed and saved in you alone.
Saint Peter is absolutely right at the opening of the Council of Jerusalem in our first reading today.
"On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they." (Acts 15:11)
Only you, O Lord Jesus and no one else or nothing else can ever complete our joy for it is only in truly loving you through others, especially those difficult to love, that we truly love and thus become truly joyful.
And that is when our joy becomes complete. Amen.