The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Monday, Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, 24 January 2022
2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10 ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*> Mark 3:22-30
Bless us, dear God our Father,
with the gift of unity among us -
in the family, in the community,
in office and in school, even in the
church; how sad that with the recent
surge of COVID-19, we have forgotten
the Church's annual Week of Prayer
for Christian Unity that closes tomorrow.
Like your servant King David,
let us always seek you, God our Father
to be the very center and foundation
of our lives; like David, may we find
you among one another as our kin -
"our bone and our flesh" - and never
forget to serve you like a shepherd
to his flock.
Unlike the scribes who had come from
Jerusalem to accuse Jesus of driving out
demons by the power of Beelzebul, let us
not be instruments of divisions and
fragmentations but of peace and unity.
May we heed the teachings of St. Francis
de Sales that in whatever situations we happen
to be, may we always aspire to the life of
perfection through the practice of devotion
in different ways proper to our calling. Amen.