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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Memorial of St. Martin de Porres, Religious, 03 November 2023 Romans 9:1-5 ><))))*> + <*((((>< Luke 14:1-6
Silence is your language, God our loving Father; hence, silence is fullness, not emptiness; silence is when we listen to every sound to discern and follow your voice within because silence is within not without.
How sad that people these days are afraid of silence, afraid of listening to your voice that speaks what is true, good, and beautiful; that is why we muffle our ears with pods and plugs and phones not to hear your voice coming from the silent screams and cries of the sick and suffering; forgive us, Father, when we become silent for the wrong reason of being empty and non-committed, when we prefer not to speak nor make a stand in moments we have to respond to your voice, remaining silent to ignore you and those in pain.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and the Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him.
Lord Jesus Christ, so many people especially children and women are dying these days while the world remains silent of the atrocities and killings going on; like St. Paul in the first reading, "we have great sorrow and constant anguish in our hearts" (Romans 9:2); disturb our empty silence with your voice and plans to alleviate the sufferings of those caught in firefights and hostilities; do not let our silence be empty but be filled with you and your courage and strength to stand for the value of every life like St. Martin de Porres who worked in silence, lived in silence as he silently listened and obeyed your voice O Lord. Amen.