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The Lord Is My Chef Easter Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Monday in the Fourth Week of Easter, 22 April 2024
Acts 11:1-18     ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*>     John 10:1-10
Photo by author in Silang, Cavite, September 2020.
Lord Jesus Christ,
as we go back to school and to work
this Monday, I pray
that we "object" less 
to one another,
that we hold our "objections"
to ourselves first until
we have found the merits
of an endeavor or proposal
and most especially,
until we have found Your Holy Will.

The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers confronted him, saying, “You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.” Peter began and explained it to them step by step… When they heard this, they stopped objecting and glorified God, saying, “God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.” (Acts 11:1-4, 18)

Teach us, dear Jesus,
to widen our perspectives
and to always be alert for
the movements of the Holy Spirit
so that we do not waste 
time and energies with our
endless "objections"
that often paralyze
missions and operations
and worst of all, destroy
people.
How lovely is Your claim,
"I am the gate for the sheep"
(John 10:7) for we all belong 
to You alone; when we object
a lot, we close the gate,
we hinder the flow of people
to the gate, and most of all,
we steal Your sheep!
Do not let our many and endless
objections claimed as for the 
greater good but totally empty of You
hinder our flock in finding You
"so that they might have life
and have it more abundantly"
(John 10:10).
Amen.
Photo by author in Silang, Cavite, September 2020.
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