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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Friday, Memorial of St. Clare, Virgin, 11 August 2023
Deuteronomy 4:32-40   ><}}}*> + ><}}}*> + ><}}}*>   Matthew 16:24-28
Photo by author, Camp John Hay, 12 July 2023.
"Did a people ever hear the voice of God
speaking from the midst of fire,
as you did, and live?

Or did any god venture to go and take
a nation for himself from the midst of another nation,
by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, 
with his strong hand and outstretched arm,
and by great terrors, all of which the Lord, your God,
did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?"
(Deuteronomy 4:33-34)
I heard your questions,
God our Father,
like a whisper so near
yet so loud and clear from
deep within;
and you know my answer,
so well, Lord
and yet despite my deep yes,
here I am still wandering
in the desert,
looking somewhere else,
running away from you,
doubting you
when deep within me,
I know,
I am so sure,
I have experienced
"there is no other" God
but YOU.
Of course my life is not marked
with such dramatic events as you did
to your people in the desert
but still, I could feel them,
I have felt them
and merely reading the questions by Moses
put me into silence
for deep inside me,
you have never stopped in
creating wonders
in my life that make me realize
what a gift and a privilege
to be alive!
And indeed,
as your Son Jesus Christ
had taught us, to have you
is the only valuable,
the only worthy
response of gratitude
to you, O God;
like St. Clare,
let me come after Jesus
by denying myself, 
taking my cross
and following him
in love and mercy,
kindness and fidelity,
service and intimacy.
Photo by author, La Mesa Dam Watershed Park, Quezon City, January 2023.