Our help is in the name of the Lord

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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Monday in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 17 July 2023
Exodus 1:8-14, 22   <*((((>< + ><))))*>   Matthew 10:34-11:1
Photo by author, Camp John Hay, 12 July 2023.
Monday, middle of July,
first day of work,
I thank and praise you O God
like the psalmist with similar words,
"Had not the Lord been with us
when men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive,
when their fury was inflamed against us.
Blessed be the Lord, 
who did not leave us
a prey to their teeth.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth" 
(Ps. 124:2-3, 6, 8).

So many times these past weeks
many of us felt like giving up,
some have actually quit
but many are willing to go back today
to follow you.
Grant us your grace and blessings
to forge on in your mission.
Photo by author, La Trinidad, Benguet, 11 July 2023.
As I looked back to the past weeks,
I recall dear God how like your people
in ancient Egypt when "the more they were
oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread"
(Exodus 1:12), the same thing happened with us:
more the challenges we have faced,
 the more we have become stronger
in your grace and mercy;
the more we assert your word and teachings
so unpopular these days, 
the more we experience peace within;
the more our goings get tough and difficult,
the more we are fulfilled,
the more we feel blessed.
Photo by author, La Trinidad, Benguet, 12 July 2023.
Keep us faithful in Jesus Christ,
learning to let go of ourselves to you,
completely trusting in taking up our crosses
to follow him, cognizant of our fellow
disciples going through the same
trials and tribulations.