The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 25 October 2022 Ephesians 5:21-33 ><000'> + ><000'> +><000'> Luke 13:18-21
Praise and glory to you, O Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you for coming, for dying and rising for us, in being the sole basis of all of our relationships; so many times, we forget this grace you have given us, not realizing this great "mystery" of your loving presence in us and among us.
Brothers and sisters: Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her… This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.Ephesians 5:21-22, 25, 32-33
Your words today, O Lord through St. Paul are not only meant for married couples but for everyone who believes in you, who follows you, and loves you - that to be a Christian means to see everyone as a brother and sister in you, Jesus the Christ. How sad that some couples today even try to disregard and tone down the real meaning of this admonitions by St. Paul, devising their own kind and meaning of marriage and relationships that disregard its giftedness and holiness, of being open to life, literally and figuratively speaking.
May we keep in mind your beautiful lesson of the Kingdom of God that may be compared to a mustard seed or yeast mixed with flour, of how everything in you and about you Jesus begins small; open our minds and our hearts to your divine realities that always begin and happen in little things like simple gestures of kindness and goodwill to others, so ordinary, so hidden yet so wonderful as it could grow and blossom into great relationships if we could just find and recognize you on the face of everyone we meet, especially on the people you send us always. Amen.