The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday in the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, 17 June 2022 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*> Matthew 6:19-23
God our loving Father, today I pray for the grace of enlightenment of my mind and of my heart to fill my life with the light of your Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to his disciples: “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”Matthew 6:22-23
So true are your words, Lord Jesus: when we live in darkness, then we value the wrong things that have no value at all; and worst, the basis of our security becomes so precarious, so uncertain.
Enlighten us with your Holy Spirit, Lord, that our security is based solely in God alone who is everlasting love; many times, we think and feel our basis of security are our money and property, success and popularity, as well as loved ones and friends; but, slowly when we lose these and them one by one, we feel so anxious, we lose our peace, we lose even our very selves because we find our security are not secured at all. Likewise, sooner or later, we find what we treasure are not treasures at all but simply passing.
Teach us, Jesus, to store up treasures in heaven like good deeds, fidelity, kindness, charity and mercy for others.
Teach us, Jesus, to learn contentment, to know our places in life and not to desire anything not meant for us by God.
Teach us, Jesus, to be detached from all other people and created things, though important, so that we may only value God above all always and find true peace and security only in him alone. Amen.