The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, 13 September 2021 1 Timothy 2:1-8 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]*> + ><]]]]'> Luke 7:1-10
Your words today, O God our Father through St. Paul are so difficult, so hard to accept:
Beloved: First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.1 Timothy 2:1-4
You know very well the kind of leaders and people in authority that we have; however, you know so well too how they came to power through our ignorance and/or arrogance. Yes, Father, the fault is in us and that is why we pray also today that we may be gifted with "holy hands that pray without anger or argument" as St. Paul instructed Timothy.
Cleanse our hands through your Son so we may imitate the centurion in humility, admitting before Jesus that he is not worthy to have him enter under his roof that is why he never bothered to come near him too; but, with clean and holy hands, he asked Jesus to only say the word and his servant shall be healed and it was granted him! (Lk.7:6-7)
Through the intercession of St. John Chrysostom whom you have gifted with "golden mouth" to speak what is true following long hours of prayer, cleanse us of our sins so we may pray to you with holy hands and holy lips, without anger or argument for our leaders. Amen.