Our God is alive, not dead

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Lord My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Wednesday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 07 June 2023
Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17   ><))))*> + <*((((><   Mark 12:18-27
Photo by author, Anvaya Cove, 19 May 2023.
God our loving Father,
today I pray for those losing
hope in you; for those in so
difficult and painful situations
in life, doubting your existence,
doubting your presence,
doubting your love.
You are "not the God of dead
but of the living" (Mark 12:27),
dear Father as declared by 
your Son Jesus Christ to us
in the gospel today.
With you, O God,
everything is possible
for as long as we believe,
for as long as we are alive
because our very life is your gift,
your proof of your presence,
your assurance of caring for us;
even if we feel so shortchanged in life
with all the bad things happening,
you love us; in fact, when we are
so down, so hard pressed in life,
that is when you love as most,
when you are most closest to us.
May we draw inspiration in faith,
in forging on with this life from 
the examples of Tobit and Sarah
who both prayed for death to you
because they felt so nothing before
others;  sometimes, it is what we all
need to experience your life, 
your loving presence
that we have nothing else but you!

At that very time, the prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God. So Raphael was sent to heal them both: to remove the cataracts from Tobit’s eyes, so that he might again see God’s sunlight; and to marry Raguel’s daughter Sarah to Tobit’s son Tobiah, and then drive the wicked demon Asmodeus from her.

Tobit 3:17

May we rejoice always
in your gift of life to us
each day, Lord.