The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Week IV, Year II in Ordinary Time, 04 February 2022 Sirach 47:2-11 ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*> Mark 6:14-29
Thank you so much, dearest God our Father for being so kind and merciful to us, so loving and forgiving which so often we cannot accept nor believe; like Herod, we keep on creating ghosts and monsters within us as we believe more in our selves, refusing to listen to your voice in our conscience that bothers us whenever we sin and do evil.
King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.” Others were saying, “He is Elijah;” sill others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.” But when Herod learned of it, he said, “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”Mark 6:14-16
Dearest God, make me realize you are not looking for an angel or a saint in me; that all you are asking me is to be like David, a repentant sinner; how beautiful it is to recall the many sins of David - some so serious and grave but despite his weaknesses, he never turned away from you completely; despite his evil deeds, until now he is considered Israel's greatest king for he accomplished much not because of his brilliance and courage but largely because of his love and faith in you.
With his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung. He set singers before the altar and their voices he made sweet melody. He added beauty to the feasts and solemnized the seasons of each year. So that when the Holy Name was praised, before daybreak the sanctuary would resound. The Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever; he conferred on him the rights of royalty and established his throne in Israel.Sirach 47:8-11
Wake us up, Lord, from our nightmares, to arise today in your warmth and light, convinced of your love and promise of new chances and opportunities to be better than yesterday. Amen.