A prayer for those feeling low

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Tuesday, Second Week in Ordinary Time, 19 January 2021
Hebrews 6:10-20     <*(((><<   +++   >><)))*>     Mark 2:23-28
Photo by Mr. Chester Ocampo, October 2019.

Dear God our Father:

Today I pray for those feeling low, for those having the blues lately when everything seems to be going wrong in their lives, feeling they have been forgotten, not cared for and not loved.

Please touch their hearts, enkindle the flames within them in continuing to serve you because You do love them.

Teach me Lord how I can let them know or feel and experience your encouraging words in today’s first reading:

Brothers and sisters: God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

Hebrews 6:10-12

Increase, O God, the inspiration and zeal of those serving you by continuing to be open to Your Son Jesus Christ our eternal High Priest who had gone to your presence to bring us closer to You more than ever, especially when our skies are dark and gloomy.

I pray, dear Father, in the most special way for all of our medical frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 to never lose hope despite the dismal way how things are going on in our country in this time of the pandemic; touch the hearts of those losing hope in fighting for what is true and just, for those striving to contribute to make this world a better place to live in with their contributions in the sciences and to the society.

Assure them, O Lord, that all your promises of salvation and healing will be fulfilled soon by experiencing your loving presence in the celebrations of the Holy Eucharist.

Like the apostles in the gospel today, may those working for improving human life in various sectors of the society experience Jesus Christ’s love and defense for them against those trying to discredit them. May their love for others, for the country, for the Church, and for You, Lord, mature according to Your will. Amen.

God Wants Only the Best For Us

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Friday after Epiphany of the Lord, 11 January 2019
1 John 5:5-13///Luke 5:12-16

            Lord Jesus Christ, today I feel like that leper in the gospel, coming to you, humbly prostrating before you, asking you, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean” (Lk.5:12).

            “If you wish”… sometimes that is all I can pray to you when I feel so low, so tired, even so dirty and so sick that I feel like giving up.

             “If you wish”… sometimes that is all I can pray to you because I am so afraid to come to you, so timid to be near you though deep inside me, I know you only wish the best for me for “Beloved, who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  This is the one who came through water and blood, not by water alone, but by water and Blood.  The Spirit is the one who testifies, and the Spirit is truth.  So there are three who testify, the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord” (1Jn.5:5-8).

             Only you O Lord Jesus Christ who is able to overcome all of life’s pains and miseries, including death because only you have joined humanity with divinity referred to by the beloved disciple as “the Spirit, the water and the Blood.”

            Remove O dear Jesus everything that prevents me from coming to you despite your efforts to be near me.  Help me dear Jesus to be faithful to you in all things because you only want the best for me.  Thank you.  AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

*Photo by Jim Marpa.  Used with permission.