The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Thursday, Memorial of St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, 15 July 2021
Exodus 3:13-20 ><)))*> + <*(((>< Matthew 11:28-30
Your words today, O Lord,
are very encouraging,
so reassuring in these days
when many are languishing
of having that feeling something
is not right, unable to move
and make progress in life
and in one's self due to this pandemic.
Like your people in Egypt during
the time of Moses,
we feel alone and abandoned,
trapped and imprisoned.
Therefore, we pray dear God,
that you awaken in us that courage
and deep trust in you
fill us with your very self
or "enthusiasm" from "en-theos"
to forge on in this life amid
the many darkness and difficulties
we encounter right now
whether at home or at school,
in our office and community
in our country where we have so
many pharaohs lording over us!
"Yet I know
that the king of Egypt will not
allow you to go unless he is forced.
I will stretch out my hand,
and smite Egypt by doing all kinds
of wondrous deed there.
After that he will send you away."
You really know what is best
for us, O God our loving Father!
Even before any problem happens
or trial comes to each of us,
you have already prepared us
a long time ago how we can handle
or deal with any crisis, even sending us
the right persons who can help us
to overcome every obstacle
and difficulties that come our way.
Problem is we always turn away from you,
we always forget you.
"Come to me,
all you who labor
and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble
of heart; and you will find rest
For my yoke is easy,
and my burden light."
Let us come to you,
dear Jesus, in all humility;
like St. Bonaventure whose
memorial we celebrate today,
may we learn to balance
what we know and what we feel,
of what is in our mind and
of what is in our heart
so we may follow the path
to your mysteries of wisdom and love.