The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of Sts. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs, 26 September 2022 Job 1:6-22 ><000'> + ><000'> + ><000'> Luke 9:46-50
Praise and glory to you, God our loving Father in keeping us safe throughout the night as a powerful storm passed over us; so glad we are alive despite the many sufferings many of us must endure these coming days due to the super typhoon.
Your words, O Lord, this day gives us so much reasons why every day is a tremendous blessing from you, why every breath of life is an immense gift that comes only from you, our very life.
But Satan answered the Lord and said, “Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing? Have you not surrounded him and his family and all that he has with your protection? But now put forth your hand and touch anything that he has, and surely he will blaspheme you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand upon his person.”Job 1:9-10, 11-12
Your words, O Lord, assure us that no matter what pains and hurts, trials and sufferings we go through physically and emotionally are still nothing compared to the immeasurable gift of being alive; each day, each morning, each moment is a a gift from you no one can ever take, not even Satan with his evil.
Teach us to value our lives, to value life itself especially at its weakest stages in the womb and while approaching the tomb of old age and sickness. As we celebrate today the memorial of the twin brothers Saints Cosmas and Damian, the patron saints of all physicians, we pray for all doctors especially those in far-flung areas serving the poorest of the poor, those in the academe forming future doctors, those working hard amid limited resources including time in finding cure and remedies to their patients; bless the doctors "persecuted" in many ways for doing what is right, those burdened with the demands of the profession and the call of their families and friends; Bless our doctors, use their hands in caring for us, in healing us of our sickness and diseases, cover them with your protection against all harm and sickness, give them fulfillment in their lives and please, tap their shoulders, touch their hearts to let them know they are loved and appreciated; forgive us for not being able to thank our doctors, to cheer them because we patients are so busy with our sickness and pains. Amen.