The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, 04 October 2021 Jonah 1:1-2:1-2, 11 ><]]]]'> + <'[[[[>< Luke 10:25-37
Glory and praise to you, O God our loving Father on this wonderful Monday as we celebrate the Memorial of your well-loved St. Francis of Assisi; thank you in giving us a great saint in him for us to emulate especially in this time when we are so alienated from Mother Nature and most especially from each other; Give us the grace, dear God, of true devotion than of just mere novelty and fad in appreciating St. Francis of Assisi.
Let your words today guide us in following the footsteps of St. Francis in the same manner your very words inspired him to leave everything behind and totally dedicate himself to your service.
Let us be open and obedient to your words, O Lord, unlike Jonah in the first reading who tried to escape you when told to preach in Nineveh; you know, Lord, how so many times we label each other to "box" them into stereotypes especially when they are so unlike us in many ways. And that is one of the beautiful lessons you have taught us through St. Francis: that we are all one, brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ who had come to suffer and die for our sins. Help us realize that it is not a question of who is my neighbor but more of a question if I act as a neighbor to everyone.
“Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”Luke 10:36-37
Dearest Jesus, you so loved St. Francis that you shared with him your wounds at the crucifixion, enable us like him to be more kind and loving to everyone and most of all be simple and humble in our lives so we can always have room for you among the sick and the poor. Amen.