The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Religious, 04 October 2022 Galatians 1:13-24 ><000'> + <'000>< Luke 10:38-42
Lord Jesus Christ:
While I am so eager to
recite the prayer for peace
of your blessed St. Francis of Assisi
today being his Memorial,
thank you for making me realize
in your words today that
before St. Francis was recognized
for his works that balanced
everything in creation,
help me first achieve balance in
myself in prayer.
The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”Luke 10:41-42
Let me grow closer to you first, Lord Jesus Christ by loving you among the poor and suffering, by spending precious moments under your Cross on bended knees like St. Francis. Let me grow closer to you first, Lord Jesus Christ by loving you as I value life more than ever in this age of materialism, by making known to everyone the value of every person, the value of human life especially at its weakest stages of pregnancy and infancy like St. Francis who set up the first Nativity scene at Grecchio. Let me grow closer to you first, Lord Jesus Christ by loving you in deep prayers like St. Francis who befriended even Death he had called "cousin" in his beautiful Canticle of the Sun.
Lord Jesus Christ, long before St. Francis came and all the other saints, you have shown us personally that prayer is life's primary balancer, equalizer; like St. Paul in the first reading, may we personally feel your coming to us in prayers and moments of contemplation and meditation because the more we become active in life, the more we need to be contemplative; balance in life happens when the more we pray, the more we work; and, as we work more, let us pray more too!
Most of all, through the example of St. Francis of Assisi, let us handle life with prayer: may we study hard, work harder, and pray hardest! Amen.