Sharing the good news

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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Friday, Memorial of the First Martyrs of Rome, 30 June 2023
Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22   ><]]]]'> + <'[[[[><   Matthew 8:1-4
Photo by author, sunrise at Bolinao, Pangasinan 18 April 2022.
Today we close the month of June,
the first half of 2023.
Praise and glory to you,
God our loving Father
for past six months,
grateful for the next 
six months coming
to finally close the year.

And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately.

Matthew 8:2-3

Dear Father,
you will only good things
for us like to that leper
that is why you sent us 
your Son Jesus Christ;
both Jesus and the leper knew
his cleansing was very possible;
Jesus made no fanfare except
in asking the leper 
to fulfill the requirements
of the Law as the leper
simply believed him.

Lord, we are 
a "walking good news",
ourselves a blessing,
a grace from you;
there is no need for us
in trying so hard
in touching another person,
in making a difference in
this world so sick and so stressed;
many times we just have 
to smile and be extra nice
to someone, be kind and forgiving.

Let us share your good news
in the way we live, at least
not like the first martyrs 
of Rome
who were burned 
as living torches 
at evening banquets;
let us share your good news
like Abraham who walked 
in your presence blamelessly
by trusting you,
obeying you,
loving you.