The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 15 February 2023 Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22 ><)))*> + <*(((>< _ ><)))*> + <*(((>< Mark 8:22-26
In the six hundred and first year of Noah’s life, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water began to dry up on the earth. Noah then removed the covering of the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was drying up. Noah built an altar to the Lord, and choosing from every clean animal and every clean bird, he offered burnt offerings on the altar.Genesis 8:13
Have we thanked you already, O Lord God our loving Father, since this COVID-19 pandemic had subsided in our country? How beautiful was Noah's gesture upon seeing the floods gone and the earth drying up when he first built an altar to you to offer you burnt offerings from among the best animal and bird he had in the ark.
It has been a year since things have gone better for us though there is still the pandemic but, it seems we have not thanked you so well yet; we have been so eager and so busy attending to recover our material losses due to the lockdowns of the pandemic that we have already forgotten the many beautiful lessons of COVID-19 like the value of every person, the importance of prayer, and most of all, your presence among us in these most troubled years of modern history.
May times in life we fail to see your goodness and blessings around us, Lord, that we keep on looking for what we do not have, what we have lost, what have been taken from us; through Jesus Christ, take us aside from our busy schedules and crazy rat race to recover our losses from these three years of hardships; like that blind man in the gospel, cleanse our eyes to see the big difference we now have than before since this pandemic started; help us see clearly one another as brothers and sisters in Christ and most of all, let us see everything distinctly, especially those that matter most, especially you, our very essence. Amen.