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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Memorial of St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, 01 August 2023 Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9, 28 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Matthew 13:36-43
God our loving Father, as we enter the brand-new month of August today, your words speak a lot of "entering" too today: of Moses entering your tent and Jesus entering the house:
As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses. The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another.
Exodus 33:9, 11
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
But your entering in both instances speak more of physical space but a union of life and love made possible in Jesus Christ.
Every time we enter a church and other places of worship, we enter you, God, to dwell in you who has been dwelling in us too.
Like St. Alphonsus de Liguori whose memorial we celebrate today, transform our lives in Jesus Christ, let it unfold according to your Divine plan, achieving equilibrium in morality like you, "merciful and gracious God, kind and forgiving wickedness, crime and sin; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless" (Ex. 34:6, 7). Amen.