Praying to change the situation

The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Tuesday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, 05 July 2022
Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13   ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*>   Matthew 9:32-38
Photo by Dr. Mylene A. Santos, MD, 2021.
Your words today, O God,
are very disturbing, reminding
us of how the situations in the time
of the Old Testament until the
coming of Jesus have remained
unchanged even in our own time:
idolatrous practices abound even
among us supposed to be believers.

Thus says the Lord: They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction.

Hosea 8:4
Forgive us, Father, for still
acting on our own, totally 
disregarding you as we detach
you from our daily lives, creating
and following our own "gods";
Forgive us, Father, for lacking the
sincerity in our offerings to you, when
we are "Ephraim made many altars
to expiate sin, his altars became 
occasions of sin" (Hosea 8:11).
Most of all, forgive us, Father
because until now the situation
has not changed:  "the harvest is 
abundant and the laborers are
so few" (Matthew 9:37) with people
still so lost like sheep without
a shepherd because we have been
so blinded by the world, failing
to bring the light and healing of
Jesus Christ your Son.
Help us, O God,
to change this situation;
give us the courage to make
Jesus present among us by
first exorcising ourselves of 
the evils of sin reigning in us
so we may be filled with the 
light and power of the Holy Spirit.

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