The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, 23 August 2021 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8-10 ><]]]]*> + <*[[[[>< Matthew 23:13-22
Our loving God and Father, today I pray only for one thing: give me the grace to let others know that you love them like St. Paul.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God how you were chosen.1 Thessalonians 1:2-4
In times like this with so many getting sick and dying due to this pandemic when so many have lost their jobs and sources of income when so many are so confused and depressed with how things are going on, everybody seems to be so busy surviving and coping, forgetting the most essential: "work of faith labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ" as St. Paul wrote us today.
There are times we have become like the scribes and the Pharisees: so callous and self-centered, hiding in our devotions and religiosities when in fact full of hypocrisies:
Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves. Woe to you, blind guides who swear by the temple and by the altar…Matthew 23:13-16
I know it is not that easy to make even just one person realize and feel that he or she is loved. Like St. Rose of Lima, let my faith in you bear fruit with good works; that my hope may not just be a wishful thinking but confidence in Jesus and eternal life; and lastly, that my love be like that of Jesus and his saints: willing to suffer and give total self for another. Yes, it is not that easy, Lord especially if we are afraid to get hurt, to be laughed at, to be last and to be least. But with your grace, let me do it, Lord. Amen.