The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday in the Fifth Week of Easter, 19 May 2022 Acts 15:7-21 ><))))*> + <*((((>< John 15:9-11
Lord Jesus Christ, let me "remain in your love by keeping your commandments so that my joy might be complete in you" (cf. Jn.15:9-11)!
To remain in your love, dear Jesus, takes a lot of bending and bowing low before you and others, of forgetting myself and all my other ideas of you in order to truly see you in others especially with those different from me.
The whole assembly fell silent, and they listened while Paul and Barnabas described the signs and wonders God had worked among the Gentiles through them.Acts 15:12
I wonder, Lord, why the whole assembly fell silent after Peter had spoken about your works among Cornelius and his household; whatever it meant, it must have paved the way for everyone to bend their ways and beliefs especially with their traditions in order to commit themselves anew to you, Jesus Christ, our way and truth and life!
In this highly competitive world we now live in, we have forgotten to bend low in life, literally and figuratively speaking; we are always seeking the vantage position of being above others, always clapping for others and for one's self but rarely bending; maybe, that is why it has become so difficult to truly love others these days. Teach us to learn to bend, to kneel, to bow not out of fearful submission to anyone but out of respect and love for you present among us despite and in spite of our many differences. Amen.