The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of St. Rock (San Roque), 16 August 2021 Judges 2:11-19 ><]]]]'> ><]]]]'> ><]]]]'> Matthew 19:16-22
Your words today, O God our Father are just what we needed most in this time when we feel we are good, when we are so complacent that all is fine. Thank you for reminding us today that we are not that "good" at all! And worst, so many times our being good are not even good enough!
A young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” The young man said to him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.Matthew 19:16-17, 20-22
So many times, dear Father, good is not good where better is expected, when being good is not enough because in life, what matters is not only what we do but also what we have; like that young man, there is something or someone standing between us and you, or anything we cannot let go to be totally yours!
Forgive us, merciful God, when we think more of ourselves and forget you and others. Forgive us when our possessions posses us; give us the strength to give up and surrender to you our many attachments and false securities that prevent us from becoming truly free and truly your followers like St. Rock, the patron of pandemics. Amen.