The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, Priest, 03 December 2021 Isaiah 29:17-24 ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*> Matthew 9:27-31
Your words today, O God, are so Fatherly - comforting and reassuring of your great promises of redemption and liberation from sin and miseries; your words are so "homey" too - help us this Season of Advent to find our way back home to you, O loving God our Father!
Inasmuch as your words today also speak of seeing and hearing, make us feel at home first with our very selves, to be at home with who we really are, especially with our past that no matter how dark or painful life may have been, we are loved most specially by you - no ifs, no buts. Bring us home to you, Father, free from any shame at who we really are!
Thus says the Lord God: but a very little while, and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard, and the orchard shall be regarded as a forest! On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; and our of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. Now Jacob shall have nothing to be ashamed of, nor shall his face grow pale.Isaiah 29:17-19, 22
I wonder, Lord, how so often I feel one of those two blind men who have followed you into your house - of how you first lead me into you, into your presence, into your love and mercy and forgiveness before you make me see and hear again.
Thank you dear Jesus for always coming to us even if so many times we do not see nor notice you passing by especially through others; grant us the zeal of St. Francis Xavier in reaching out to others specially this season amid the pandemic; may we try to see you among one another as we listen to each one's cries of pains and joys. Most specially, let us keep our eyes and ears and hearts open like St. Francis Xavier who always believed in your presence and providence even in the most difficult and alienating situations in life because he has always been at home with you. Amen.