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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Wednesday in the First Week of Advent, 06 December 2023
Isaiah 25:6-10   ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*>   Matthew 15:29-37
Photo by author, St. Scholastica Retreat House, Baguio City, 23 August 2023.
God our loving Father,
may we go back to you our very life;
forgive us who have easily forgotten
you especially after these difficult years of the pandemic;
now that COVID has waned and life is back to "normal",
we are back to our unholy ways.
May we always search you, Father, 
and dwell in you;
 destroy the “veil that veils all peoples, 
the web that is woven over all nations” (Is.25:7) 
that mislead and imprison us 
with false hopes in superficial relationships 
and materialistic briberies of this world.
Let us go "hungry and thirsty" 
to realize the most essential in life
 are you, dear God and the people who truly 
care for us and love us like our family and friends.
Like the crowd who have followed Jesus 
in the wilderness for three days 
with nothing to eat: 
they experienced advent, 
your coming, O God, 
when Jesus fed them 
after they were finally disposed 
to desire the longings 
of their soul than of their bodies; 
it was only then when Jesus fed them 
through the miraculous multiplication 
of the loaves of bread for the second time.
May the darkness and gloom 
that envelop us this season of Advent 
like the wars in Gaza and Ukraine
and other military show of force
by other nations and groups elsewhere,
the barbaric terror attack last Sunday in Marawi
and the frequent earthquakes we have been experiencing
along with our other personal crises 
dispose us to desiring you alone, 
God our Father, so we may finally enter 
your heavenly banquet in the Holy Eucharist
with “rich food and choice wines” (Is.25:6). Amen.
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