Little Whispers, Marvin Sipin

Second Life

FIRST READING
Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37

The LORD said to Moses, “These are the festivals of the LORD which you shall celebrate at their proper time with a sacred assembly. The Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month, at the evening twilight. The fifteenth day of this month is the LORD’s feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first of these days you shall hold a sacred assembly
and do no sort of work. On each of the seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD. Then on the seventh day you shall again hold a sacred assembly and do no sort of work.”

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the children of Israel and tell them: When you come into the land which I am giving you, and reap your harvest, you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest, who shall wave the sheaf before the LORD that it may be acceptable for you. On the day after the sabbath the priest shall do this.

“Beginning with the day after the sabbath, the day on which you bring the wave-offering sheaf, you shall count seven full weeks, and then on the day after the seventh week, the fiftieth day, you shall present the new cereal offering to the LORD.

“The tenth of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement, when you shall hold a sacred assembly and mortify yourselves and offer an oblation to the LORD.

“The fifteenth day of this seventh month is the LORD’s feast of Booths, which shall continue for seven days. On the first day there shall be a sacred assembly, and you shall do no sort of work. For seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD, and on the eighth day you shall again hold a sacred assembly and offer an oblation to the LORD. On that solemn closing you shall do no sort of work.

“These, therefore, are the festivals of the LORD on which you shall proclaim a sacred assembly, and offer as an oblation to the LORD burnt offerings and cereal offerings, sacrifices and libations, as prescribed for each day.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11ab

R. (2a) Sing with joy to God our help.
Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel,
the pleasant harp and the lyre.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our solemn feast.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
For it is a statute in Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob,
Who made it a decree for Joseph
when he came forth from the land of Egypt.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.
There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt.
R. Sing with joy to God our help.

GOSPEL
Jn 11:19-27

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died]. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him,
“I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”


 

REFLECTION
“..And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” Jn 19: 26

2008 was one of the toughest years in my life. At that time, I was appointed by the ministry to be the Asst. Food Head and my family was appointed as the family shepherd of the FE class. At the same time, I was also an officer in the Student Council in DLSU. A very active and busy lifestyle, that’s my life in 2008.

2008 was also the time I got kicked out of school. I stayed at home for almost 8 months. My active and busy lifestyle disappeared in front of me and I cannot do anything to prevent it. At that time all I did was to eat and sleep and watch TV and I repeated that routine every day. This was the time that I pitied myself and felt that I was not among of the living. I’m dead because I’m not active and busy. But despite all this self-pity, I continued to attend the weekly prayers meetings.

I was always excited to attend the prayer meetings because it was the only thing that pushed me to be active and busy. Preparing for weekly food menu, volunteering for different missions, and the worship was used by the Lord to show that I can still have an active and busy lifestyle with Him. All the feeling of being dead was replaced with an abundant life. Those 8 months of being an out of school youth was just like minutes with all the activities that were planned by the Lord thru the ministry. And even though I had a whirlwind of events in 2008, it ended with an admission to a new college. I’m alive again and this was because of the Lord. All is well. -Marvin Sipin. YLSS#21

Prayer:
Lord, let me hold on to your promise of everlasting life every time I feel weak and bothered. I believe that in you I will be resurrected to be the best.

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