The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Week XI in Ordinary Time, Year I, 15 June 2021 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 ><)))'> + <'(((>< Matthew 5:43-48
Thank you very much again, O God our loving Father for the grace of prayer, most especially in the grace of desiring you which is what prayer is all about. Keep us steady in our desire for you, to be with you, to be like you – holy and loving.
Enrich us today with your holiness and love by being poor of our selves like Jesus Christ your Son as experienced by St. Paul.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for our sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Being poor like Jesus and St. Paul is thinking less of myself, more of others. How ironic that in our world of today where there is a surplus of everything, the more we have become worried of having less because we remain unconvinced of your love and blessings as we live detached from you. Hence, our constant feeling of being impoverished, needing to be filled and satisfied.
Teach us to be poor by being intimate with you, O God our Father so that we worry less of ourselves because we already have you, disposed to being like you, able to love freely.
"So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
Make us realize that in this life, it is only you whom we must desire first of all in order to be sufficient and enriched that we are able to love everyone, even our enemies because we are confident in ourselves of your love and intimacy. Amen.