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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Monday, Memorial of St. Boniface, Bishop & Martyr, 05 June 2023
Tobit 1:3, 2:1-8   ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*>   Mark 12:1-12
Photo by author, Anvaya Cove, 05 January 2023.
Glory and praise to you,
God our loving Father
for enabling us to cover
this first half of 2023!
Grant us the grace 
of perseverance like Tobit
in the first reading who
kept on doing what is good
despite the many beatings,
literally and figuratively speaking,
he had had in helping his countrymen
in a foreign land.

I, Tobit, have walked all the days of my life on the paths of truth and righteousness. I performed many charitable works for my kinsmen and my people who had been deported with me to Nineveh, in Assyria… Once the neighbors mocked me, saying to one another: “He is still not afraid! Once before he was hunted down for execution because of this very thing; yet now that he has escaped, here he is again burying the dead!”

Tobit 1:3, 2:8

Teach us to persevere,
Lord, to have the endurance
and stamina in surviving the
toughest conditions to 
emerge better persons,
better disciples
who help those in need
and neglected like Tobit 
and his son Tobias.
Or like St. Boniface who,
despite his so many successes
in Germany insisted in returning to 
Frisia in the Netherlands where
he had first failed as a missionary
only to be massacred later with
his disciples.

Many times,
death awaits perseverance
like your Son Jesus Christ,
the heir of the vineyard owner
in today's parable.
But still, O God,
perseverance in you pays
so well if not for the ones
persevering but most
especially for those their
efforts are directed.

Most of all,
perseverance teaches
us to never give up,
to never quit,
for every effort
in your glory
matters so much.
Amen.
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