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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Friday in the Second Week of Advent, 09 December 2022
Isaiah 48:17-19   ><000'> + ><000'> + ><000'>   Matthew 11:16-19
Photo by author, 05 December 2022.
Slowly as we get closer into December,
the noise and diversions from the preparations
of Advent are getting louder, getting stronger
and more bold than ever;
all the techniques to lure us into the pomp
and pageantry that have nothing to do with
the Christ's coming are employed to the fullest
as we unwittingly follow the tide.
Give us the courage, Lord Jesus,
to stop, to tell ourselves we have had enough
of all these materialism and consumerism
of the worldly concept of your birth;
let us be firm in retreating, 
in withdrawing back into ourselves,
into you in prayers and silence
in order to listen to your voice,
to your call and directions,
most of all, to listen to your coming.
Let us hearken to your commandments,
let us listen and hear you once more, Lord, 
by totally accepting and assimilating your words
into our lives in silence so we may closely follow you
as your works vindicate your wisdom.
Amen.
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