The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin, 08 February 2022 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 ><]]]]'> + <'[[[[>< Mark 7:1-13
God our loving Father, I praise and glorify you for your might and majesty! Like your servant King Solomon, I wonder in great awe at how you choose to dwell in our hearts, in our homes, in our churches when you cannot be contained in your vast universe!
You are so kind and merciful that when you sent us your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, he chose to be even smaller just to be closest to us as close as our breath; it is a marvel of faith at how he can be truly present with us in the words proclaimed and prayed everywhere, most specially in those tiny tabernacles and little hosts we receive at Holy Communion.
Solomon said, “Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth? If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you, how much less this temple which I have built! Listen to the petitions of your servant and of your people Israel that they offer in this place. Listen from your heavenly dwelling and grant pardon.”1 Kings 8:27, 30
Like my prayer yesterday, let me be intense in seeking you, in finding you, and having you, Lord; while at the same time, teach me to learn to limit my imaginations and thoughts that eventually limit your presence like the Pharisees and some scribes who have questioned you, Jesus, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?" (Mk.7:5).
Gift us with the same grace of courage and perseverance amid severe hardships and sufferings in life like St. Josephine Bakhita who still found you and experience your loving mercy and justice in the terrible ordeals she had gone through since childhood after being sold as a slave in Sudan.
St. Josephine Bakhita had shown us in her life and example that you, O God, cannot be limited to any particular place nor time, nor people nor anything; you are more than this world and our experiences, more than our thoughts and ideas for you are totally free to fulfill your grand designs for each one of us to find joy and peace, fulfillment and meaning in this life despite and in spite of whatever circumstances we are into. Amen.