The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 26 October 2022 Ephesians 6:1-9 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Luke 13:22-30
Bless me, dear Jesus, and forgive me for being like that someone in the gospel who asked you, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" (Luke 13:23); many times I am that someone in the crowd, so eagerly feeling inside you would answer with a resounding "yes" to my question, feeling that I am one of those few who would be saved because I belong to your chosen ones, the ones "who ate and drank with you, the ones you taught in the streets" (Luke 13:26).
Forgive me Lord Jesus for feeling so entitled; let me realize your Kingdom is not about affiliations nor about the company we are with but more of the path we take in life, your path of the Cross.
He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.”Luke 13:24-25
Entering heaven, being a part of your Kingdom, dear Jesus is keeping our relationships Christ-centered that begins right in the family, to our parents, of parents to children, of siblings among each other, and with those in the household.
How sad, dear Jesus, when we all desire of heaven when we make a mess of our family life when couples are unfaithful to each other, when parents wrongly pursue wealth not realizing their children are their greatest riches, when siblings compete with one another instead of loving each other, and when children do not care at all to their parents.
O Lord Jesus Christ, as we count the days until Christmas, make us realize you came to bring salvation to the world by coming through the husband and wife of Joseph and Mary; when you came to save us, you opened the narrow gate to salvation there on the Cross with your Mother and beloved disciple standing until the end.
Let us strive to enter through your narrow gate, Jesus, that is found first in our own family. Amen.