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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Wednesday in the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 12 June 2024
1 Kings 18:20-39     <*{{{{><  +  ><}}}}*>     Matthew 5:17-19
Photo from Colombo Plan Staff College, cpstech.org, 12 June 2020.
Praise and glory
to You, God our loving Father
for the gift of Independence,
for the gift of a country
and a nation, of culture
and identity until now many
of us continue to debate;
forgive us, Father,
for being like your people
during the time of Elijah
when we could not make up
our minds on whether to follow
and obey You or follow other 
pagan gods that still about these days.
How sad, dear Father,
when many of our supposed
learned men and women are
ashamed of our being the remaining
nation faithful to You,
making divorce illegal;
doubly sad, O God,
when some of our own countrymen
laugh and insult the Spaniards
who conquered our land to
bring Christianity here.

Ahab sent to all the children of Israel and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel. Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” The people, however, did not answer him.

Like the psalmist today,
I pray that You "keep me, O God,
for in you I take refuge,
show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever"
(Psalm 16:1, 11);
teach me the way to true
freedom and independence
of lovingly serving the weakest among us
by protecting life in all its stages
especially its basic unit, the family.
May we take into hearts
Jesus Christ's words to bring into
fulfillment the words of your laws
into our own laws like the 1987 Constitution
that had enshrined marriage as
an "inviolable social institution"
in Article XV; let us stop
all these fantasies of legalizing divorce,
of separating from
your divine order of things
that only enslave us to sin and evil.
Amen. 
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