The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Week XX, Year I in Ordinary Time, 17 August 2021 Judges 6:11-24 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Matthew 19:23-30
You know so well the hardships we are all into these past months, God our Father. And you must have heard all our complaints to you, even those we have kept in our hearts for you also know how we feel like Gideon.
Gideon said to him, “My lord, if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are his wondrous deeds of which our fathers told us when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ For now the Lord has abandoned us and has delivered us into the power of Midian.”Judges 6:13
You are so kind, dear God in allowing us to bring out to you what we feel which after all, we cannot hide from you; and here lies your blessing: after allowing us to recognize before you the problems and misery we are into, you send us to work on its solution.
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and save Israel from the power of Midian. It is I who send you… Be calm, do not fear. You shall not die.” So Gideon built there an altar to the Lord and called it Yahweh-shalom.Judges 6:14, 23-24
We all want peace, we all desire a world with less pains and sufferings like an end to this pandemic but no one among us would dare to follow your instructions, your commands to do our part in finding solutions to our many problems in life, in doing our part in alleviating the pains and sufferings of the sick and dying for until now we have refused to give up and surrender our selves to you, Lord. We are afraid of detaching from whatever or whomever attachments we have, so we can be truly free for you and for others. Most of all, we are afraid to get hurt, to lose and to get lost in order to have you and find life and fulfillment. Give us the grace to realize and keep in mind always your Son's words today: "For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
Keep us calm, Lord, amid the darkness and uncertainties around us these days of the pandemic. Amen.