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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor of Church, 13 June 2023 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 <*((((>< + ><))))*> Matthew 5:13-16
Today, O Lord Jesus, I pray for the gift of integrity, of wholeness in you, holiness not of being sinless but filled with you like St. Paul and St. Anthony of Padua whose memorial we celebrate today.
Brothers and sisters: As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him. For however many are the promises of God, their yes is in him. Therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory.
2 Corinthians 1:18-20
In our world that thirsts for integrity when many people find ways to compromise their faith and beliefs with the gall of defending themselves by refusing to call their dissimulation a lie, teach us, dear Jesus to be like St. Paul in taking your example at the Cross as basis of our integrity in you by dying too for what is true and good and just. Give us the courage to mean what we say by proving it with our actions. Like St. Anthony of Padua who said, "Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak." O dear Jesus, let us realize it is not enough to be blessed and imbued with your beatitudes; let our blessedness be visible like light and be experienced by others like salt as our lives of integrity give flavor to the bland taste of lies and dishonesty of the world. Amen.