The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Week XXIV, Year I in Ordinary Time, 17 September 2021 1 Timothy 6:2-12 ><)))*> ><)))*> ><)))*> Luke 8:1-3
But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.1 Timothy 6:11-12
Thank you for the wonderful reminder today through St. Paul, O God our loving Father. It is so true that many times in our pursuit of you in worship and service, in the practice of our faith, we "suppose religion to be a means of gain" (1 Timothy 6:5): in your name we shamelessly pursue money and fame using our gifts and talents, wasting precious time in useless arguments and discussions.
Let us pursue only you, O God in Jesus Christ through the more precious things that enrich our lives and those of others leading to eternal life. Purify our motivations and intentions in following you, dear Jesus like those women you have healed and decided to accompany you sharing their treasures and very selves.
Today, let me dare confront myself to examine my following you, Jesus: has it led me to qualities mentioned by St. Paul to Timothy or, has it made me divisive? What does my way of life today speak really of who am I? Give me, dear Jesus, the clarity of mind and purity of heart of the great Jesuit priest St. Robert Bellarmine. Amen.