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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr, 28 June 2023 Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*> Matthew 7:15-20
Thank you very much, God our loving Father for the grace of believing, the beginning of everything like what Abram experienced in the first reading today, "Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness" (Gen.15:6).
Only you, O Lord, would know what was going inside the mind and heart of Abram at that time when he instantly believed and trusted in your promise despite his many questions and clarifications; later on, St. Paul and St. James including the author of the Letter to the Hebrews would cite this beautiful account of Abram's humble submission to you, O God, as a model of faith and believing in you.
Perhaps, Lord, the problem with us is that we believe in everything, in everyone: we profess to believe in you, O God, the Father almighty and yet we also believe in luck, in occults, and in so many other things and persons and yes, powers and spirits; we believe in you but do not trust you completely; many times we believe in what or who would accommodates us, pleases us, and go for us.
Teach us, dear Jesus, like Abram and St. Irenaeus who offered his life by standing on what he truly believed in you; keep us simple, Jesus, in looking at the fruits as the unmistakable proof of believing in you. Amen.