The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of St. Cyril of Alexandria, Doctor of the Church, 27 June 2022 Amos 2:6-10, 13-16 ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*> Matthew 8:18-22
God our just and merciful Father, today I pray for the grace of being radical - of going back to my roots or "radix" in Latin; how sad that more than 3000 years ago, the words of your prophet Amos still sound so true today.
Thus says the Lord: for three crimes of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke my word; because they sell the just man for silver, and the poor man for a pair of sandals. They trample the heads of the weak into the dust of the earth, and force the lowly out of the way. Son and father go to the same prostitute, profaning my holy name.Amos 2:6-7
The situation then in Judah is very much the same in our own time, so distressing at how we have turned away from you, O Lord, and from one another, living so low without any respect and regard especially for the weak and poor; may we heed the call of Jesus Christ to come and follow him truthfully, radically by keeping in mind and heart that there can be no true love of God nor true religion without a genuine practice of justice and love among the weak.
Grant us the wisdom and courage of St. Cyril of Alexandria to fight heresies that now come as fads in many aspects, from clothings to lifestyles that are so far from the beauty of Christ's person as exemplified by his own Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary; make us firm in holding on to your teachings on the values of life and of every person rooted in you dear God our Lord and Creator. Amen.