Make it easy on yourself

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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Tuesday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 06 June 2023
Tobit 2:9-14   ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'>   Mark 12:13-17
Photo by author, Anvaya Cove, 19 May 2023.
I am not going to sing,
Lord, but Burt Bacharach's
old tune "Make It Easy on Yourself"
is one consoling song
that must have come
only from you.
Many times,
our worst enemy is
our very self;
many times we are
so hard on ourselves,
unkind and
not only to ourselves
but also to those
dearest to us.
Like Tobit who 
refused to believe 
the goat brought home
by his wife Anna was a gift, 
not stolen as he insisted.

Yet I would not believe her, and told her to give it back to its owners. I became very angry with her over this. So she retorted: “Where are your charitable deeds now? Where are your virtuous acts? See! Your true character is finally showing itself!”

Tobit 2:14

Forgive us, loving Father
for the many times 
we ourselves indict us
for wrongdoings we 
accuse others of doing
like those Pharisees
and Herodians
who tried to ensnare
Jesus with the question
about paying taxes
when they themselves
handed him a denarius
they were not supposed
to bring in the temple area,
a clear sign of violating
their own laws,
of bringing false images
in the house of God!
Teach us, O God,
to be easy on ourselves,
to be kinder,
to be softer
with our weaknesses
and shortcomings
for we are not gods
like you; most of all,
teach us to be easy
on ourselves 
so we may be also easy 
on others
and to you too!