The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday in Week 1 of Ordinary Time, Year II, 10 January 2022 1 Samuel 1:1-8 ><)))*> + <*(((>< Mark 1:14-20
Glory and praise and thanksgiving to you, God our loving Father for bringing us to this Monday, the beginning of our Ordinary Time in the Church calendar.
Send us your Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and our hearts not to look down upon what we consider as "ordinary" - ordinary people, ordinary days, ordinary food, ordinary tasks, ordinary as same usual fare, ordinary as less than grand and special things.
Help us rediscover the true meaning of "ordinary" which connotes orderliness from the Latin roots ordo, ordinis for order and ordinarius for orderly.
Let us live up to our faith in you during this ordinary days when many of life's challenges happen like your servant Hannah, the mother of your prophet Samuel:
Her rival, to upset her, turned it into a constant reproach to her that the Lord had left her barren. This went on year after year; each time they made their pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Lord, Peninnah would approach her, and Hannah would weep and refuse to eat. Her husband Elkanah used to ask her: “Hannah, why do you weep, and why do you refuse to eat? Why do you grieve? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”1 Samuel 1:6-8
Keep our eyes and our hearts open like the brothers Simon and Andrew, James and John for your Son Jesus Christ who comes to us in the most ordinary days, in the most ordinary circumstances like casting nets and mending nets. Let us be on guard, dear God, during ordinary days and time for these are extraordinary moments because you have made everything and everyone so special. Amen.