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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time , Year I, 19 June 2023 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Matthew 5:38-42
Thank you dear Jesus for the call to serve you; thank you Lord for your trust and belief in us; thank you for the grace to respond to your call in every present moment because, indeed, every here and now is the acceptable time and day of salvation.
Help us dear, Jesus, as your great apostle St. Paul appealed to us in the first reading today, may we not receive the grace of God in vain:
on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a Holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.
2 Corinthians 6:4-8
Nobody said it to be easy to follow you as your disciples, Lord Jesus; you have personally shown us the way of love and mercy, peace and kindness that the world would never understand; only someone with a heart like yours, no matter how imperfect it may be, will find you and the joy and fulfillment you give especially when "we are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things" (2 Cor. 6:8-10).
Lord Jesus Christ, let us not give up easily in the face of trials and criticisms; please erase or delete from our minds and hearts that our efforts to be like you, to be your witnesses in the world should be met with admiration and respect; let us keep that in mind so we may not waste time and energy complaining and whining with our sufferings in doing your work; O Lord Jesus, open our eyes and our hearts to find you always in our ministry and realize that great privilege of sharing in your passion, death, and resurrection daily. Amen.