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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday in the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 22 September 2023 1 Timothy 6:2-12 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Luke 8:1-3
Excuse me, loving Father for being musical since yesterday in my prayers; your words have been literally hitting some musical chords within me as I pray and experience your presence.
How beautiful are the words of St. Paul today as he urged St. Timothy and us to focus on the really precious things in life that are often having less of things and more of you, more of others so we can share more love, more kindness, more being with.
But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:11-12
Forgive us, Father, for filling our lives not only with endless desires for money and things, fame and honor but also with so many ideas and words that pretend to promote equality and freedom but actually result in "arguments and verbal disputes" that lead to "envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, deprived of the truth" (1 Tm. 6:4-5).
Grant us, dear God, the courage to strip ourselves naked of earthly desires in order to focus more in journeying in Jesus Christ like those women who accompanied him and Twelve by "providing for them out of their resources" (Lk.8:3).
Let us trust in you alone, Father, that you provide everything we need in this life as we seek first your kingdom. Amen.