348 total views
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
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. Amen.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Pray for us!