The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Seventh Week of Easter, 24 May 2023 Acts 20:28-38 ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> John 17:11-19
Lord Jesus Christ, help us to pray and say our goodbyes just like you and St. Paul in today's readings. How lovely to keep in mind that the word "goodbye" is from "God-be-with-you"!
Leaving and separation, whether temporary or permanent like death is the most painful part of living and loving; like you on that last supper and St. Paul as he departed from Ephesus, may we also pray for our loved ones to be left behind; let us be realistic too in our goodbyes so that they we leave behind are not just warned of the coming dangers but most of all, be equipped in you.
“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them.”Acts of the Apostles 20:29-30
Whenever we leave home, whenever we leave a gathering, may we leave the people with the beautiful experience of your loving presence in our giving than receiving, in standing by your truth, rejecting lies and dishonesty, in relying more on you than in ourselves. When we leave, may they remember you more than us. Amen.