Action vs. Reaction

The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Monday, Memorial of St. John Bosco, Priest, 31 January 2022
2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13   ><)))*> + <*(((><   Mark 5:1-20
Photo by author, 2020.
God our loving Father,
give us the grace to ACT more
than to REACT to many people and
situations that come our way.
Give us the grace to accept the
truth no matter how painful it may be;
likewise, give us the grace 
to simply ignore falsehoods thrown
at us especially if it will not cost us 
anything serious at all.
Like King David in our first
reading today, make us realize
that our reactions, our hitting back
at others accusing us do not necessarily
protect our dignity but actually 
reveal our many insecurities;
many times, our reactions bare 
our sensitivities or touchiness that
we really deserve even more than
what is being said about us.

Then the king said to Abishai and to all his servants: “If my own son, who came forth from my loins, is seeking my life, how much more might this Benjaminite do so! Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. Perhaps the Lord will look upon my affliction and make it up to me with benefits for the curses he is uttering this day.” David and his men continued on the road, while Shimei kept abreast of them on the hillside, all the while cursing and throwing stones and dirt as he went.

2 Samuel 16:11-13
Teach us to act decisively
in every situation, especially 
against evil like your Son,
Jesus Christ:  the moment he
came to the Gerasenes and met
the man possessed by demon, 
Mark tells us how "He had been 
saying to him, 'Unclean spirit,
come out of the man!'" (Mk.5:8);
when the people drove him out of
their town for sending the demons 
into a herd of swine, off he went
for he knew it was best; most of all,
when the exorcised man begged
to join him, he sent him home to his
family.
Like your great Saint, Don Bosco,
who early in life faced so many 
obstacles in life up to his priesthood,
he never reacted to adverse situations 
and people but kept his cool,
always cheerful in his disposition, 
acted only on your divine will, winning 
so many hearts and souls to Jesus 
in his work among the youth 
and the poor that continues to
this day.  Amen.

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