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