The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time, 19 July 2022 Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Matthew 12:46-50
Lord God our Father, show us your mercy and love especially at this time we feel so alone and desolate like your people who have just returned to Israel from exile.
Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, that dwells apart in a wood land in the midst of Carmel. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old; as in the days when you came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful signs.Micah 7:14-15
It has been raining again, Father, with the skies so dark and gloomy just like the lives of many among us; we pray for the sick especially those with rare diseases and undergoing constant procedures like chemotherapy and dialysis as well as those so poor who cannot afford treatment; we pray for those living in flooded areas and for those with leaking roofs when rains are pouring; likewise, we pray dear God for those feeling lost and desolate, for those who could not find aim and directions in life for various reasons; we pray for those grieving for losing a loved one.
In times like this of desolation, when the well runs dry within us when we feel you are so far and not interested with us, let us be faithful in our prayers to you; let us hold on more to you, God, for who is there like you, who removes guilt and pardons sins, who does not persist in anger but delights in clemency (Micah 7:18-19)?
Let me hold on to you, O God, when desolation comes; there are times we seem to be far from you like the mother and brothers of Jesus in today's gospel who wished to see him outside; let me keep in mind that our ties with Jesus are based only in doing your will, Father. And so, in these dark days of storms in life, let me strive to still do your will, O God, to be more loving and caring especially to those with less in life, for those hurting inside. Amen.