The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday, Week XIX, Year I in Ordinary Time, 12 August 2021 Joshua 3:7-10, 11, 13-17 ><]]]]'> Matthew 18:21-19:1
Praise and glory to you, O God our loving Father! How great indeed are your works that you do everything for our own good even long before we are born, preparing us for every great moment of trials long before we have seen them coming or even happening!
You are always there, Father ahead of us in every step of the way in this life like in the entrance of your chosen people to your promised land preceded by the ark of the covenant, parting the Jordan River so that your people may cross on dry land reminiscent of the Exodus at Red Sea.
No sooner had these priestly bearers of the ark waded into the waters at the edge of the Jordan, which overflows all its banks during the entire season of the harvest, than the waters flowing from upstream halted, backing up in a solid mass for a very great distance indeed… While all Israel crossed over on dry ground, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord remained motionless on dry ground in the bed of the Jordan until the whole nation had completed the passage.Joshua 3:15-16, 17
Dear God, whenever I review my life especially those low moments of failures and disasters, sins and evil, sickness or wrong decisions when I thought everything had collapsed and totally gone, you were always there, bringing me to safer grounds; you were always there five steps or more ahead of me, fixing all the problems and troubles I have fallen into, even trapped inside. Like in the history of Israel from Abraham to Joshua, you never stopped surprising me with your mighty presence and love. But the greatest of all marvelous things you have done to me and us all, loving Father, is sending us your Son Jesus Christ to save us from all our sins with your mercy and forgiveness that is without end. Like in today's parable, teach us to be merciful and forgiving to those who have sinned against us for we are all forgiven sinners you love so much. You have done so much for us, Father, but we have done so little for you through others. Amen.