We are all part-ners in Christ

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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Thursday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 09 February 2023
Genesis 2:18-25   <*(((>< <*(((>< + ><)))*> ><)))*>   Mark 7:24-30
Photo by author, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, QC, 2017.
Indeed, O God, as you have said
in the beginning, "It is not good for the man
to be alone" (Genesis 2:18) and yet,
so often in life, we choose to be alone,
by ourselves, thinking only of our own
good and personal interest.
Very often we forget that you have
created us all as "suitable partner"
of one another.

May we always keep in mind this 
fundamental truth and reality
that each one of us is a part-ner
of another; that every person we meet
in this life is your gift.

May we always keep that sense of awe
and joy, of excitement in meeting,
in discovering the other person as
my part-ner, somebody like me
created in your image and likeness,
with same equal dignity taken from the 
ribs to show we are at par with everyone;
most of all, like the ribs, may we take care
of each one of us,
protect each one from harm
in the same manner the ribs
safely secure the vital organs
of the body like heart, lungs, 
kidneys, and liver.
Like that Syro-Phoenician woman
who begged Jesus to heal 
her possessed daughter,
may we always come to you
O Lord certain of the fact
that every person is loved
by you for we too 
came from you
and shall return to you.

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