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The Lord Is My Chef Easter Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Friday, Feast of Sts. Philip & James, Apostles, 03 May 2024
1 Corinthians 15:1-8 ><}}}}*> Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5 ><}}}}*> John 14:6-14
Photo by author, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, QC, 20 March 2024.
Thank You, dear Jesus
in coming to us,
most especially calling us
to know You
and be close with You
like Your Apostles
Philip and James the Less
whose feast we celebrate
today.

that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. After that he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. After that he appeared to James, then to all the Apostles. Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me.

1 Corinthians 15: 5-8

Like Philip and James the Less,
we are Your apostles too:
we may not have met You
personally in that particular time,
but we have seen You so many times
when You appeared to us on many
occasions in our lives;
You appeared as people we love,
as people who love us,
as strangers with good hearts
who live in You
and Your words;
You appeared to us 
in many circumstances
both good and bad,
most especially in dismal ones;
You appear to us always when
we are near You in prayers,
in good works,
in state of grace;
You appear to us 
when we are not distant from You
due to sins.
Like Philip and James the Less,
let us grow in intimacy with You,
dear Jesus in prayers
and good works;
like Philip,
let us keep on asking You
questions, let us keep on
searching for You and the Father;
like James,
let us be silent
to listen to other voices
to hear You speaking 
to us always
like in the Council of Jerusalem;
let us be like James Your cousin
as reconcilers of people
in You,
not dividers
for it is when we are 
in communion,
when we are one as
disciples when You truly
appear to us.
Amen.
Jesus teaching his Twelve Apostles painting by Frenchman James Tissot (1836-1902), from GettyImages.
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