The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 07 November 2023 Romans 12:5-16 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Luke 14:15-24
God our merciful Father: let us love sincerely like your Son Jesus Christ as St. Paul beautifully tells us in today's first reading:
Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.
Our loving Father, let us love sincerely by loving in Jesus, with Jesus and through Jesus, not according to one's self nor with what the world knows that is superficial, emotional, and temporary; let us love sincerely without pretensions but solely because we find you in one another; make us love sincerely without thinking of our own good and benefit but more of the needs of others, especially the poor and the needy; let us love sincerely by making you visible to others, making them experience your love by bringing out the giftedness of everyone around us, making them realize they are blessed, they are good in themselves, that we need them in as much as we need one another to grow and mature as persons; let us love sincerely by avoiding instances for hatred and envy and jealousy to take shape within us and in our relationships; let us love sincerely by holding on to what is good and true, never to what is false and evil even if they may seem to be convenient especially when one is untrue, unfaithful; let us love sincerely by serving others without expecting anything in return; let us love sincerely by remaining enthusiastic in life despite the sufferings we go through, rejoicing in hope in you, enduring afflictions and trials as we handle life in prayer, together.
O Father, like Jesus Christ, may we love sincerely by always finding our place in your banquet table (Luke 14:15-24) among our brothers and sisters as our equal, saying yes to your every call to serve in every here and now. Amen.