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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Memorial of Sts. Cyril, Monk & Methodius, Bishop, 14 February 2023 Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> + ><]]]'> Mark 8:14-21
On this most joyous day of hearts, dear God our Father, I pray for us all with a heart to have a natural heart not hardened by sin and bitterness, not a heart lacking in understanding nor a heart so caught up with selfish and personal agenda.
When the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved.
Give us a heart inclined to you, O Lord, a heart that listens in silence, a heart that rejoices in truth, a heart that celebrates what is good, a heart that sings amid the many scars and pains of infidelity and betrayal, unkindness and unfriendliness, a heart that is whole and undivided in courage and freedom to do what is most loving, most self-sacrificing and self-giving like that of Jesus Christ. Let us not be carried away and worst, give rise to the commercialization of Valentine's Day that we forget the true meaning of loving which is forgetting one's self and thinking more of the other person; how lovely it is to read how you, O God, directed Noah to build an ark to save his family from the great flood: Everyone inside the ark was in pair - Noah and his wife, his three sons and each one's wife as well as the animals with one male and one female each to show us that love is never alone, always with another person with a community of believers!
Many times, O Lord, we miss your point because we are so caught up with our own thoughts and ideas that our eyes cannot see, and ears cannot hear. Teach like our brother saints today, St. Cyril and St. Methodius to seek your holy will so we may love truly like Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for us. Amen.