Little Whispers, Trina Matignas

There’s No Place Like Home

FIRST READING
Ex 40:16-21, 34-38

Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.
On the first day of the first month of the second year
the Dwelling was erected.
It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.
He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars,
and set up its columns.
He spread the tent over the Dwelling
and put the covering on top of the tent,
as the LORD had commanded him.
He took the commandments and put them in the ark;
he placed poles alongside the ark and set the propitiatory upon it.
He brought the ark into the Dwelling and hung the curtain veil,
thus screening off the ark of the commandments,
as the LORD had commanded him.

Then the cloud covered the meeting tent,
and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.
Moses could not enter the meeting tent,
because the cloud settled down upon it
and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.
Whenever the cloud rose from the Dwelling,
the children of Israel
would set out on their journey.
But if the cloud did not lift, they would not go forward;
only when it lifted did they go forward.
In the daytime the cloud of the LORD was seen over the Dwelling;
whereas at night, fire was seen in the cloud
by the whole house of Israel in all the stages of their journey.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11

R. (2) How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
My soul yearns and pines
for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh
cry out for the living God.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest
in which she puts her young–
Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my king and my God!
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
Blessed they who dwell in your house!
continually they praise you.
Blessed the men whose strength you are!
They go from strength to strength.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
I had rather one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

GOSPEL
Mt 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.


 

REFLECTION:
“I had rather one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;” –Psalm 84:10

My morning work routine goes something like this: drop off things at the faculty workroom, time in at the reception, prepare classroom, wait for class to start. Incidentally, the reception where I log in for daily attendance is situated right across our school chapel. One could not miss it. The invitation is just too good to pass up. So everyday, before I begin with work, I promised myself to spend a few moments with my Lord in His beautiful dwelling place. My daily date with Jesus is enough to refresh me, to strengthen me, and to energize me in facing the challenges of the day. It feels fantastic to win my mornings by deciding to be on the Lord’s side right at the start. There’s no greater feeling than to be in the presence of my God. I am home. Truly, a day in His courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

But one need not be in a chapel or the church to be able to bask in the Lord’s presence each day. Wherever we may be, our life must speak of Jesus and exude of His presence. Through this, we become the Lord’s dwelling place, where faith, peace, hope and love reside, and blessings abound. Everyday, we are called to be a carrier of Grace and to bring Jesus everywhere we go, whether in our home, school, or workplace, so others may find the Lord’s safe haven in us. Whether it is a friend who has lost all hope or a family member in a difficult situation, may all who cross your path feel the Lord’s reassuring love when they are with you.-Trina Fernandez. YLSS#21

Prayer
Dear Lord, may you continue to dwell in my heart and fill my life with your presence. Help me to be a carrier of your grace and blessings so that others may see and feel You through me. Amen!

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