The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday in the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 12 August 2022 Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Matthew 19:3-12
Now, more than ever, I am convinced dear God that we are indeed "beings of forgetfulness"; we easily forget, and sadly, we enjoy, we choose and we "love" so much forgetting the past, forgetting people, forgetting our roots, and worst, forgetting you our loving Father.
How striking are your words to the Prophet Ezekiel today, "making known to Jerusalem her abominations", of how as a nation like a newborn child left in the dirt with her umbilical cord still uncut, wrapped in her blood and all until you O God took her, bathed and dressed her with finest clothes, fed with good food, bestowed with your dignity that nations loved her (Ezekiel 16:3-14) only to forget you, O God... just like us today.
But you were captivated by your own beauty; you used your renown to make yourself a harlot, and you lavished your harlotry on every passer-by, whose own you became. Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were a girl, and I will set up an everlasting covenant with you, that you may remember and be covered with confusion, and that you may be utterly silenced for shame when I pardon you for all you have done, says the Lord God.Ezekiel 16:15, 60, 63
Let us remember you Lord always; teach us to make you a "member", a "part" of each present moment, thus, "re" + "member"! Let us enter into communion in you, with you in Christ Jesus, remembering, honoring your divine plans since the beginning like marriage; forgive us for the "hardness of our hearts" that we have relished in forgetting and disregarding you and your plans in the past, your blessings and plans for the future. Let us stop "separating" not only husbands and wives but most especially our lives, our selves from you, dear God, for you are our life, our being, our origin and end. Amen.