The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday in the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, 25 November 2022 Revelation 20:1-4, 11-22:2 ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> Luke 21:29-33
God our loving Father, your words today spoken both by John and your Son Jesus Christ are frightening at first hearing; but, as we dwell more on your words, we are comforted because your promised end of the world is the beginning of "new heaven and new earth" (Revelation 21:1-2); it has started coming already in the birth of Jesus Christ as we join the psalmist in proclaiming this wonderful truth, "Here God lives among his people" (responsorial psalm).
"My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young --- your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God! Blessed they who dwell in your house! Blessed the men whose strength you are!" (Psalm 84:3, 4, 5, 6)
Despite the many trials and sufferings we have been going through, you never ceased to guide us to life and fulfillment in you through Jesus Christ. Make us aware and conscious of your presence among our brothers and sisters especially those in pain and in the margins; may our eyes, our minds, and our hearts be open to your presence in everyone we meet inasmuch as we can read the signs of the fig tree and other trees (Luke 21:29-30); may we stop for a while in our tasks and duties to feel each one's humanity and personhood to find you and experience you. Amen.