The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Week XXVII, Year I in Ordinary Time, 08 October 2021 Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Luke 11:15-26
God our merciful Father, thank you very much for this wonderful and blessed Friday! Everybody loves Friday primarily because it is the weekend to work and school leading to Saturday and Sunday rest. But for me and my brothers, we love this because it is "Miserere nobis" Friday when we pray Psalm 51: "Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin."
Help us to cleanse our selves most especially today in memory of your Son's Good Friday; may we heed the call of your prophet on a daily basis to keep ourselves clean.
Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house of your God is deprived of offering and libation. Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, into the house of the Lord, your God, and cry to the Lord!Joel 1:13-14
So many are our sins against you, O God, that people have not only turned against us priests but most of all, they have turned away from you largely because we have misled and abused them.
Cleanse us with your mercy and forgiveness in Jesus Christ your Son; exorcise us of our many demons possessing us, allowing ourselves to be overrun by evil and sin.
“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”Luke 11:24-26
Let Jesus your Son reign in our hearts and soul, let him be the sole power within us for he is the most powerful of all, the only power there is; let us welcome him inside us to keep us clean lest we sin more and become worst than before. Amen.