The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday in the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 09 October 2023 Jonah 1:1-2:1-2, 11 <*((((>< + ><))))*> Luke 10:25-37
As we embark to our work and duties this first working day of this new week, bless us, dear God our Father, to follow your path; if we have to cross the street, if we have to go to the other side of the road or of life's terrain, let us follow you.
Like with Jonah, find ways so we can go back to your path, to your mission.
This is the word of the Lord to Jonah, the son of Amittai: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; their wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarhish away from the Lord. He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarhish, paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarhish, away from the Lord.
Forgive us, merciful Father, how often we are like Jonah trying to run away from you, always going out the opposite direction far from you, refusing to accept your invitation to a destination where you may be found too.
Like the Good Samaritan in today's gospel, teach us to be kind with everyone, to dare cross the street, to go to the other side to care, to feel, to know others not like us for you, O God, comes most often in people and circumstances we least expected. Amen.