Advent is remaining faithful

The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Tuesday, Memorial of St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr, 13 December 2022
Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13     ><)))*> + ><)))*> +><)))*>     Matthew 21:28-32
Photo by author, Gaudete Sunday 2021.
O loving and merciful Father,
forgive us for not being faithful and true,
for being a disappointment to you
this past year when many of our words
and promises remained on our lips,
miserably falling short in good deeds
and actions especially with the poor and needy,
for believing only to ourselves
than in you.

Thus says the Lord: Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, to the tyrannical city! She hears no voice, accepts no correction; in the Lord she has not trusted, to her God she has not drawn near… But I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, who shall take refuge in the name of the Lord; the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; nor shall there be found in their mouths deceitful tongue; they shall pasture and couch their flock with none to disturb them.

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 12-13
Keep us faithful to you in Christ Jesus;
make us realize like the first son in his parable
today to change our minds,
change our attitudes,
change our way of life
to realize the folly of pride 
and self-centeredness;
may these remaining days of the year
in this season of Advent be an opportunity
for us all to remain faithful to you,
to deepen our faith in you,
to entrust our very selves to you
like St. Lucy, enable us to see beyond
what is material and physical,
remaining grounded in you.
Amen.

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