The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 31 August 2022 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Luke 4:38-44
Praise and glory to you, God our loving Father for this last day of August; in a few hours at midnight we shall move into the -ber months with September first; but most of all, praise and glory to you, dear God, for the gift of your Spirit in us that we often fail to recognize and nurture as your most wondrous gift to us. Too often, we mistake our being religious with being spiritual when we measure our relationship with you in terms of what we do for you which is religiosity, forgetting that what matters most is our response to the things you have done for us, inviting us into a communion, a relationship which is what spirituality is all about; like the people of Corinth in the time of St. Paul, what we see more are your ministers and practices, forgetting all about you, our Lord and God!
What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God’s co-worker; you are God’s field, God’s building.1 Corinthians 3:5-9
Dearest Jesus Christ, you have come to bring us closer to God our Father; you became like us in everything except sin, experiencing even death so that we may rise in you into new life, new relationships with God and others; let us realize like the apostles who interceded for your healing of Simon's mother-in-law that there alone is one God above us all with whom is all our being as origin and end; help us realize too that like you, we have to move to other places, to go and see others to experience and know God our Father, for he alone matters most in this life. Amen.