The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 15 November 2022 Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22 ><000'> + ><000'> + ><000'> Luke 19:1-10
Forgive us, dear Jesus, when many times in life we appear to be so good and pious, religious and devout in our religion when in fact we lack faith in you like the people of Sardis:
“I know your works, that you have the reputation of being alive but you are dead. Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.”Revelation 3:1c-3a
Your words are so timely, Lord, as we ourselves often hear the same words, of how our Church is dying because we are already dead in our faith; we have been so complacent in our faith, so focused with duties and obligations, rites and rituals, tasks and schedule but so empty of YOU. Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha! Give us the holy longing and desire of Zacchaeus to meet you, to exert every effort to be with you and to be filled with you!
But the most truest of your words today Lord and most disturbing are your words to the Church in Laodicea:
“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”Revelation 3:15-16
Let us be clear with our stand in you, Jesus; let us be firm in our faith and in our resolve to follow you like Zacchaeus who gave half of his wealth to the poor and repaid four times those he had extorted money; let us come to you with sincere hearts and humility, empty us of our pretensions and fill us with your presence and truth, Lord Jesus! Amen.