Jem Chong, Little Whispers

The Small Things

First Reading
Hosea 11:1-4, 8E-9
Thus says the LORD:
When Israel was a child I loved him,
out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them,
the farther they went from me,
Sacrificing to the Baals
and burning incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.

My heart is overwhelmed,
my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,
I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One present among you;
I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 80:2AC and 3B, 15-16
R. (4b) Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken.
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power.
R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see:
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted,
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

Gospel
Matthew 10:7-15
Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it;
if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words–
go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment
than for that town.”


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“Yet, though I stooped to feed my child, they did not know that I was their healer.” (Hosea 11:4)

REFLECTION
In this world today, with globalization and advanced technology, I feel that we are experiencing an information overload. There are a lot of things I want and want to achieve. I say things like “I should have landed an internship by now or be building up my portfolio.” The standards have never been higher and comparing myself to my peers only adds on to the pressure. 

It’s easy to get lost in those ambitions. And when it doesn’t work out, the loss only weighs heavier on my shoulders. It made me question my abilities, if ever I was good enough.

At the beginning of the year, a friend suggested I take up a gratitude journal. I would need to list at least 3 things that I was grateful for each day. Right now, that little notebook is almost filled up. I’ve slowly learned to open myself up to the opportunities that each bad day has to offer. Because while I was focusing on the goals I wanted to achieve, I forgot all the things God has provided for me. I never noticed that with every failure, He was working through me and helping me grow. 

Now, I try to look for a blessing in everything, even in failures. Wherever I may be or wherever I may go, I know that I’ll be ok. I’ve got Him looking out for me. 

Prayer
Almighty Father, I just want to thank You for all the blessings you have given me. Thank You for the gift of life and for my loved ones. Most of all, I want to thank You for being with me through everything, even when I forgot Your presence. As I go through the struggles of the world, may I never forget it’s beauty and wonder as well. Amen.

Author

wc-jem

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Little Whispers, Nikki Miranda

Never Out of Style

First Reading
Amos 9:11-15
Thus says the LORD:
On that day I will raise up
the fallen hut of David;
I will wall up its breaches,
raise up its ruins,
and rebuild it as in the days of old,
That they may conquer what is left of Edom
and all the nations that shall bear my name,
say I, the LORD, who will do this.
Yes, days are coming,
says the LORD,
When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
and the vintager, him who sows the seed;
The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains,
and all the hills shall run with it.
I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel;
they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities,
Plant vineyards and drink the wine,
set out gardens and eat the fruits.
I will plant them upon their own ground;
never again shall they be plucked
From the land I have given them,
say I, the LORD, your God.

Responsorial Psalm
85:9AB AND 10, 11-12, 13-14
R. (see 9b) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Gospel
Matthew 9:14-17
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”


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“People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17)

REFLECTION
I’ve always been fond of clothes and pretty things. Whenever I recieve money on my birthday or Christmas, the people who know me know that I would spend it on clothes.

My family would always ask me why I shop for clothes even though I already have plenty of it and I would explain that the clothes I own are already out of trend. They would always tell me to get rid of the ones I don’t wear anymore. That is only thing I don’t enjoy. Why do clothes have to be seasonal? I hold on to them because I would always say to myself that “I think I could still wear this” but I just tend to keep them even if I haven’t used them in months. So whenever my mom shops for me, she would buy basic pieces that would never go out of style and I’ll end up wearing those instead of the clothes I buy.

In the Gospel today, Jesus is calling us to accept change. He is telling us that we have to give up the things that are now useless and old. In order for us to recieve the new wine, which is the Holy Spirit, we must allow ourselves to let go and no longer cling to the old us. We need to become new and fit “wineskins.” We need to become aware of what is now old and what is new. There is only one thing that is always new and that is God’s love—the only love that is not seasonal, the love that has always been there.

Reflection Song

One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

Author

wc-nikki

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Little Whispers, Luke Miranda

Uncertain Futures; One God

First Reading
Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12
Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you,
over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:

You alone have I favored,
more than all the families of the earth;
Therefore I will punish you
for all your crimes.

Do two walk together
unless they have agreed?
Does a lion roar in the forest
when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den
unless it has seized something?
Is a bird brought to earth by a snare
when there is no lure for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground
without catching anything?
If the trumpet sounds in a city,
will the people not be frightened?
If evil befalls a city,
has not the LORD caused it?
Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing
without revealing his plan
to his servants, the prophets.

The lion roars–
who will not be afraid!
The Lord GOD speaks–
who will not prophesy!

I brought upon you such upheaval
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah:
you were like a brand plucked from the fire;
Yet you returned not to me,
says the LORD.

So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel!
and since I will deal thus with you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 5:4B-6A, 6B-7, 8
R.    (9a)  Lead me in your justice, Lord.
At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.
You hate all evildoers;
you destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
the LORD abhors.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.
But I, because of your abundant mercy,
will enter your house;
I will worship at your holy temple
in fear of you, O LORD.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.

Gospel
Matthew 8:23-27
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us!  We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?”


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“What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Matthew 8:27)

REFLECTION
I’m known as the smart kid in the family—being the most adept with modern technology, the biggest nerd, and also objectively has the highest grades. I am somewhat proud of these achievements, but it wasn’t always like this.

Back when I was graduating grade school I was very uncertain about my future since I had already grown fond of my old school and to switch schools felt extremely scary. I actually, at one point, wanted to object going to my current school because I thought that I couldn’t handle it. I didn’t, however, since I knew that it would help with our finances. My first year was my biggest struggle as I had to change my lifestyle, sleep schedule, and study habits. Halfway through, I thought about leaving since I couldn’t take it. Turned out was wrong because by the end of the school year I received an award.

Looking back, I know I shouldn’t have been worried in any way. In the heat of the moment, I always thought of giving up and losing faith. I always asked why God wasn’t there, even though He really was with me. I’m realizing now that Jesus is not there to carry us through our storms but to give us strength so we can get through them together.

Nowadays, it may appear like all hope is lost since 2020 feels like the end of the world. After every problem sprouts a new one and it just seems to get worse and worse. All of these problems make you just want to quit and give up, but just like I didn’t give up halfway through my first year in high school, I’m sure that I’m not giving up halfway through this year. This is because I learned that Jesus is always there for us. His Presence never leaves us. We just need to have faith and hold on to that faith for as long as we can, for He will never leave us during our darkest moments.

Reflection Song

When The Fight Calls by Hillsong Young & Free

Author

wc-luke

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Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Game Over

First Reading
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A
One day Elisha came to Shunem,
where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her.
Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.
So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God.
Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof
and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp,
so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”
Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight.

Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”
His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes!
She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”
Elisha said, “Call her.”
When the woman had been called and stood at the door,
Elisha promised, “This time next year
you will be fondling a baby son.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19
R. (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The promises of the LORD I will sing forever,
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever;”
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
You are the splendor of their strength,
and by your favor our horn is exalted.
For to the LORD belongs our shield,
and the Holy One of Israel, our king.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading
Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.
As to his death, he died to sin once and for all;
as to his life, he lives for God.
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin
and living for God in Christ Jesus.

Gospel
Matthew 10:37-42
Jesus said to his apostles:
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is a righteous man
will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because the little one is a disciple—
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”


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“… just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

REFLECTION
Anyone who knows me knows that my passion is video games. I play them all the time, and they have become an important part of who I am and what I do.

My love for video games started when I was 9 years old, when my parents bought me a PSP for my birthday! Unlike now where I would spend a lot of time learning a game, nine-year-old me would just load up the game and not care about the mechanics at all—I’ll start getting into the action without ever learning about the controls or how things work in that game!

I remembered playing a game that revolved around a party of adventurers off to save the world from evil. I loved that game and I thought I was doing a rather good job at it, however there was one thing I didn’t know while I was playing it. Every time I lost a battle, I thought that I had no chance to go back and fix my mistake, so I would start from the beginning! After all, the words GAME OVER would flash on the screen, so I thought the game was truly over and my only choice was to restart. 

Fortunately, in real life, there is no GAME OVER! Whenever we feel drained or overwhelmed by our past mistakes, Jesus reminds us that in his power, no sin can ever prevent us from starting anew. If He raised Himself up from the grave, He can surely raise us up from the dark. 

So, if you feel burdened by your past or you feel like it is already game over for you, always turn to the strength of Jesus’ unending mercy and unyielding love, and you will find the fresh start you have been looking for.

Prayer
Jesus, I feel burdened over my past. It has been long and tiring, but I know that rest is within You. Allow me to rest in Your arms and let me feel Your love in my life. Amen.

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Angela Quinto, Little Whispers

More Than Words

First Reading
2 Kings 24:8-17
Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
His mother’s name was Nehushta,
daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
He did evil in the sight of the LORD,
just as his forebears had done.

At that time the officials of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
attacked Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
himself arrived at the city
while his servants were besieging it.
Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah, together with his mother,
his ministers, officers, and functionaries,
surrendered to the king of Babylon, who,
in the eighth year of his reign, took him captive.
And he carried off all the treasures
of the temple of the LORD and those of the palace,
and broke up all the gold utensils that Solomon, king of Israel,
had provided in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had foretold.
He deported all Jerusalem:
all the officers and men of the army, ten thousand in number,
and all the craftsmen and smiths.
None were left among the people of the land except the poor.
He deported Jehoiachin to Babylon,
and also led captive from Jerusalem to Babylon
the king’s mother and wives,
his functionaries, and the chief men of the land.
The king of Babylon also led captive to Babylon
all seven thousand men of the army,
and a thousand craftsmen and smiths,
all of them trained soldiers.
In place of Jehoiachin,
the king of Babylon appointed his uncle Mattaniah king,
and changed his name to Zedekiah.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 79:1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9
R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the corpses of your servants
as food to the birds of heaven,
the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
They have poured out their blood like water
round about Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury them.
We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Gospel
Matthew 7:21-29
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.


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REFLECTION
In the gospel, Jesus told His disciples how critical it was to apply His teachings in their actions. We call ourselves followers of Christ, but some of us just listen to His words. There’s this old Filipino saying that is extremely relevant to the Gospel—“Pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila.” (“In one ear, but out the other.”). Jesus stated that His words are just a guide for us. It is up to us how we would understand and absorb His teachings then eventually apply it to our actions. His example in the Gospel was a house built on a rock and the other on sand. Those who have a solid foundation would be welcomed in heaven and those whose foundation were sand would be unknown to Jesus.

I’ve been watching the show “The Good Place” lately and I realized how frivolous it was to do deeds out of morally corrupt intentions. It doesn’t matter how many people you helped if your intentions weren’t pure. Our lives may be mundane at times, but what truly matters is how we build our foundation.

You could be rich and help a million people in the world or you could be poor and help one person in your life. As long as your intentions are pure and from your heart, these actions are equal and are both forming a solid rock foundation for us. However, if we help others just because we feel “morally responsible” or Heaven is our reward then our foundation is loose and weak like sand because this isn’t really what Jesus is teaching us. So we must look within ourselves if we truly understood what Jesus was saying all throughout the bible. We shouldn’t do good because we are obliged to do so rather, we should do good because we are good.

Our foundation is a reflection of our actions.

Reflection Song

Build My Life by Housefires

Author

wc-angela

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Carl Ortega, Little Whispers

Worrier To Warrior

First Reading
2 Kings 19:9B-11, 14-21, 31-35A, 36
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiah
with this message:
“Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah:
‘Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you
by saying that Jerusalem will not be handed over
to the king of Assyria.
You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done
to all other countries: they doomed them!
Will you, then, be saved?’”

Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it;
then he went up to the temple of the LORD,
and spreading it out before him,
he prayed in the LORD’s presence:
“O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim!
You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.
You have made the heavens and the earth.
Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen!
Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!
Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.
Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations
and their lands, and cast their gods into the fire;
they destroyed them because they were not gods,
but the work of human hands, wood and stone.
Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man,
that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
that you alone, O LORD, are God.”

Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah:
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
in answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria:
I have listened!
This is the word the LORD has spoken concerning him:

“‘She despises you, laughs you to scorn,
the virgin daughter Zion!
Behind you she wags her head,
daughter Jerusalem.

“‘For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant,
and from Mount Zion, survivors.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.’

“Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:
‘He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it,
nor come before it with a shield,
nor cast up siege-works against it.
He shall return by the same way he came,
without entering the city, says the LORD.
I will shield and save this city for my own sake,
and for the sake of my servant David.’”

That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck down
one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.
So Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp,
and went back home to Nineveh.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 43:2-3AB, 3CD-4, 10-11
R. (see 9d) God upholds his city for ever.
Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
is the joy of all the earth.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
is the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
renowned is he as a stronghold.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
O God, we ponder your mercy
within your temple.
As your name, O God, so also your praise
reaches to the ends of the earth.
Of justice your right hand is full.
R. God upholds his city for ever.

Gospel
Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”


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“He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it, nor come before it with a shield, nor cast up siege-works against it. He shall return by the same way he came, without entering the city, says the LORD. I will shield and save this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my servant David.” (2 Kings 19:32-34)

REFLECTION
I think I’m the kind of person who doesn’t let stress stay for long in my body. I do not consider myself as a worrier and because of this, I have the tendency to feel no emotion at all as if everything is going to be smooth. For example, I don’t let exams be things I stress about. My mind says that everything will come to an end that’s why I know that exams will be over too. I would spend my days studying, still keeping a balance between my academic and social life.

However, I feel bad about feeling no worries at all. That’s why I come to pray to God to give me storms and to touch me in whatever way He wants. By doing this, I feel like I become more human. I realized that feeling nothing is also one way of God telling me to pray, and that He is just waiting. A way of telling me that He will protect me, always.

As for the pandemic that still continues to bring a huge change in the world, I never get too worried that I would catch the virus and I would say that it’s not because I don’t feel anything about it, but it’s because I have learned to trust everything to the Lord. I’ve put in my heart and mind that He would cover every family with his power and love. As His Word says, He will be our shield and He will never fail to be.

I pray the rosary with my family every night. We ask the Lord to stop this pandemic whenever He wants to or whenever its purpose had been served. I believe that praying every night has really helped us in keeping our faith and trust in God. 

I want to remind everyone that fear and challenges will always come. It’s a surprise that nobody likes. The real thing is not the fear or the challenge itself, but how we treat it with our never-ending faith and belief that God has been with us since the beginning. Like what God did to one hundred eighty five thousand men of Assyria, He will never let us and our homes be touched by these raging fears. He will always come to our rescue. As long as we continue to hold onto His promise and we make Him our source of life and happiness, no distress and anxiety will stay with us for too long because we have this armor that God has given us.

Reflection Song

Came to My Rescue by Hillsong UNITED

Author

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Little Whispers, Mara Roma

Wake-up Call

First Reading
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Jeremiah said:
“I hear the whisperings of many:
‘Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!’
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.’
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
for he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my mother’s children,
Because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness;
in your great mercy turn toward me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
the seas and whatever moves in them!’‘
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Second Reading
Romans 5:12-15
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who did not sin
after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
who is the type of the one who was to come.

But the gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.

Gospel
Matthew 10:26-33
Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”


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“What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)

REFLECTION
2020 is really a tough year for all of us. It’s a year that changed, and is still changing the lives of many. A year full of surprises that we did not even expect to happen, and none of us were ready for.

First was the Taal Volcano eruption that happened last January 2020. Some parts of Batangas were really affected, and most of the residents reached the point where they needed to leave their houses for their safety, not knowing if they would still have homes waiting for them when they come back.

Next is the pandemic we are facing right now. The COVID-19 crisis that has been affecting so many lives not only all over the country, but the whole world. It is currently still changing our ways of living.

What I noticed in this time of crisis is that instead of helping each other, some people are being judgemental and selfish, not thinking of what others may be feeling. All of us are struggling and no one ever wanted this to happen, but maybe this is the wake-up call for all of us. Instead of hating and discriminating against others, the Lord wants us to learn how to love, grow and care for each other, just as how He gives us His unconditional love and care.

We sometimes do wrong things and make mistakes but let us not forget that God always chooses to forgive and still bless us with so many things. Today, He only reminds us to remember to be grateful for all these blessings.

Reflection Song

At the Cross by Hillsong Worship

Author

wc-mara

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Photo by: Julian Hochgesang (@julianhochgesang at unsplash.com)