The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of St. Cyril, Bishop and St. Methodius, Monk, 14 February 2022 James 1:1-11 ><]]]]*> + ><]]]]*> + ><]]]]*> Mark 8:11-13
So many people today, O Lord, are so busy and excited, being Valentine's day, a day of the heart when sweethearts speak sweet nothings, giving flowers to express their love to their beloved.
I can't blame them, O Lord, for being taken for a ride in this highly commercialized world that has become more stressful; people have been suffering from so many forms of difficulties and trials that for many, they try to escape momentarily.
Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, for you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.James 1:2-4
Teach, O Lord, to consider it true joy and a blessing in disguise every trial we go through in life; inasmuch as we greatly dislike inconvenience and sufferings, failures and powerlessness, poverty and sickness, may we recall yesterday's Beatitudes, that true blessedness and joy come from going through these difficulties that bring out the best in us through time than the instant gratifications and feel-good offered by the world.
Grant us the wisdom to appreciate the trials that come our way, producing in us the depth and maturity that lead to fulfillment and perfection; may we stop looking for outward signs like those Pharisees who kept on debating with Jesus without any intentions of being open to find and accept him. Amen.
Brothers Saints Cyril and Methodius, Pray for us!