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
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. Amen.