The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday in the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time, 14 July 2022 Isaiah 26:7-9, 11, 16-19 ><}}}*> + ><}}}*> + ><}}}*> Matthew 11:28-30
God our loving Father, thank you for sending us your Son Jesus Christ to clarify to us what is really to be "light" in this age when we always want to have our cake and eat it too! When we are so obsessed in being "light", with everything that is "light" especially food and drinks that would give us the satisfaction minus the guilt feelings of calories and sugar, fats and carbs. For the world, being "light" means being easy but Jesus tells us it is not true at all.
Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”Matthew 11:28-30
Help us realize, please enlighten our minds and hearts that being "light" still means carrying our cross but this time with you; being "light" does not mean doing everything and anything lightly without any sense of responsibilities like what the light food and drinks try to portray that resulted to nothing as Israel had experienced when they turned away from you, Lord.
As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O Lord. We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.Isaiah 26:17-18
May we continue to learn from you, Jesus our Lord and Teacher, how to be a light leading others to you by seeing you in us through our love and sacrifices the world sees as burdens but in fact very light when done in your most holy Name. Amen.