The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday, Week II, Year II in Ordinary Time, 20 January 2022 1 Samuel 18:6-9, 19:1-7 ><]]]]'> ><]]]]'> ><]]]]'> Mark 3:7-12
Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought: “They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship.” And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David.1 Samuel 18:8-9
God our loving Father, today you present to us the very familiar feeling of jealousy we experience in our relationships when we feel and fear losing something or someone we already have; it is an unpleasant feeling that creeps into us when we think someone is trying to take what is already ours - like Saul who felt David was trying to steal the kingship from him.
But what is most evil with jealousy is how it makes us so obsessed with how we compare ourselves with others, competing with people close to us we perceive as rivals when they are not!
Teach us to be at home with our true selves, with who we really are, that we are good and adequate in ourselves; like Jesus Christ who was being pressed by people for his teaching prowess and power to heal, give us the grace to always be ready to go out to the sea to see our worth before you our Father who loves us so much in our very own uniqueness lest our jealousies lead us to more harmful evils and sins. Amen.