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The Lord Is My Chef Easter Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Friday in the Second Week of Easter, 12 April 2024
Acts 5:34-42     ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*>     John 6:1-15
Photo by author, 09 April 2024.
What an amusing
incident again in our readings
today, Lord Jesus,
when You teach me when
to continue and when to stop;
how to find God's will
and to keep doing Your
work among us:

A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the Apostles be put outside for a short time, and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel, be careful what you are about to do to these men… For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” They were persuaded by him.

Acts 5:34-35, 38-39

Lord Jesus,
teach me to distance myself
sometimes from the heat
of issues and arguments,
even of personalities
like when Gamaliel ordered
the Apostles be put outside
for a short time;
many times
it helps a lot
in freeing my mind and my heart
from my many ideas and biases
that prevent me from
distinguishing endeavor
or activity of human origin
and those from God
that cannot be stopped at all.
Most of all,
Lord Jesus,
keep me close to You,
let me seek You
only and always,
even if I have to go inside
your circle
just to be involved
like Andrew the brother of Peter
when he joined Your conversation
with Philip on where to find
food for the people;
any thing coming from God
surely has You, Jesus
at its center
and essence;
You know exactly what to do,
Lord,
whenever we are facing
difficult situations
but still just the same
the suggestion by Gamaliel,
we need to separate
sometimes
to determine the Father's will
that so often we presume
be what we think,
what we believe,
and what we must do.

Let us not forget
finding you Jesus
in every activity
and endeavor
because that is when
people are not only fed
but also nourished
and fulfilled.
Amen.
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