The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Week VI, Year II in Ordinary Time, 16 February 2022 James 1:19-27 ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> Mark 8:22-26
Please bear with me, O Lord Jesus, for being playful today like a child: first thing that came to my mind while praying is how things have really changed so much in our time. If your Apostle James were with us today, he might have written us first with the admonition to "Think before you click..." and then proceeded with his timely reminders:
Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God. Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and be able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.James 1:19-22
So much have really changed among us, dear Jesus: we have been so glued to our TV and computer screens and cellphones and other gadgets, so detached from God and from others; we no longer listen nor hear your voice, Lord, and worst, we speak so much that we have come to dread silence where we can hear you loud and clear; as a result, we gone out of touch with you and others too, isolated, alone and distant not only from everyone but with reality.
Touch us again, Jesus, pull us away from all the noise and screens of media that hinder us from experiencing you and your presence; let us pray and listen first to your words, then think before clicking the computer; most of all, be patient with us, Jesus, like the blind you healed away from others and help us find our way home to the Father and one another. Amen.