What God wants from us

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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Monday, Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr, 14 August 2023
Deuteronomy 10:12-22   ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'>   Matthew 17:22-27
Photo by author, Bolinao, Pangasinan, April 2022.


Glory and praise to you,
God our loving Father,
for speaking to us again today
through Moses in the first
reading; for the first time,
he finally gave us the important
question we never ask,
we always avoid,
and take for granted:

"And now, Israel, 
what does the Lord,
your God, ask of you?"
(Deuteronomy 10:12).
Forgive us, dear Father,
for never asking this important
question of "What do you ask of us?"
because very often we are so
occupied with our selves, with all
of our pursuits for fame and power,
wealth and security;
we rarely ask this question because
we are afraid of commitments,
we are afraid of sharing,
we are afraid of serving,
we are afraid of being true
and just, fair and honest,
most of all, of finding you
in our neighbors!
Forgive us, Lord our God,
for playing god like you,
lording it over your whole creation
destroying earth as we exploit
its resources for more power
to dominate others and worst,
in deciding who must live,
 who must die;
teach us to be like
St. Maximilian Kolbe,
the Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century
who gave his entire life serving
you through modern means of
communications to spread your truth
and good news that is why he was 
imprisoned by the Nazis in Auschwitz
where he eventually gave up his life
for another man about to be executed.
Help us O Lord to always
keep in mind you alone is our God
whom we must serve in those in need,
for those neglected,
the poor and the sick;
like St. Maximilian Kolbe,
may we ask always
what you want from us
and strive by your grace,
to fulfill your will.
St. Maximilian Kolbe,
Pray for us!