The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday in the Easter Octave, 14 April 2023 Acts 4:1-12 ><]]]]'> + <'[[[[>< John 21:1-14
How wonderful to ponder, to think over and over, Lord Jesus, how you yourself experienced rejection - big time - that now you come to us in our own rejections too!
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them, “Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.”Acts 4:8-11
Many times, Lord, we keep on going back to our previous way of life like Peter and company on that third time you appeared to them at the Lake of Tiberias; actually, O Lord, the most crushing rejections we have gone through are nothing compared to yours because very often, most rejections we experience actually come from our very selves: our self-rejections of our worth, of our abilities, most of all, of us being loved and forgiven by you! Help us to find you in every rejection that comes our way when you appear like after a night of fruitless catch of fish when you told the disciples to cast their net to the right side (Jn. 21:6); open our eyes to recognize you, Jesus, like your beloved disciple in every bountiful catch after every rejection as you firmly establish us for your task and mission. Amen.