Gerard Lubaton, Little Whispers

He Is Not A Book!

FIRST READING
1 Sm 16:1-13

The LORD said to Samuel:
“How long will you grieve for Saul,
whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”
But Samuel replied:
“How can I go?
Saul will hear of it and kill me.”
To this the LORD answered:
“Take a heifer along and say,
‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;
you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.”

Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him.
When he entered Bethlehem,
the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and inquired,
“Is your visit peaceful, O seer?”
He replied:
“Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
So cleanse yourselves and join me today for the banquet.”
He also had Jesse and his sons cleanse themselves
and invited them to the sacrifice.
As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought,
“Surely the LORD’s anointed is here before him.”
But the LORD said to Samuel:
“Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because he sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel,
who said, “The LORD has not chosen him.”
Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
“The LORD has not chosen this one either.”
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
“The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
“Are these all the sons you have?”
Jesse replied,
“There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said to Jesse,
“Send for him;
we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here.”
Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
and making a splendid appearance.
The LORD said,
“There – anoint him, for this is he!”
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
anointed him in the midst of his brothers;
and from that day on, the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.
When Samuel took his leave, he went to Ramah.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28
R. (21a) I have found David, my servant.

Once you spoke in a vision,
and to your faithful ones you said:
“On a champion I have placed a crown;
over the people I have set a youth.”
R. I have found David, my servant.
“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”
R. I have found David, my servant.
“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
And I will make him the first-born,
highest of the kings of the earth.”
R. I have found David, my servant.

Gospel
Mk 2:23-28

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath,
his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.
At this the Pharisees said to him,
“Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
He said to them,
“Have you never read what David did
when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest
and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat,
and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them,
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
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REFLECTION
“Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart.” -1 Sm 16:1-13

“Don’t judge my brother, he is not a book!” ika nga ni Ms. Melanie Marquez.

We all know she must be quoting the more popular saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But even if Melanie’s statement is very funny, we still pretty much get what she was trying to say.

I remember when I was a kid I was very talkative. Whenever I’m with my friends, I felt that I could say anything I wanted. I developed a habit of making fun of my friends and batch mates; either for their appearance, for the way they spoke, or for their habits. You can say I was quite the “manlalait”.

My being tactless got me into trouble many times in school. But the one instance that I could remember is when one of my friends made me realize how my tactlessness really hurt her feelings. That was when it hit me. I was very insensitive to the feelings of the people around me. I wasn’t careful with what came out of my mouth.

As I grew wiser, I learned how words could build or destroy relationships. As human beings, we usually judge people from their outside appearance especially during first meetings.But not with the Lord.

He tells us that there is something more important than the outside appearance of a person. What is important to God is the heart. He looks into the core. A person’s sincerity and humility to serve is what He also seeks. Just like Jesus, who was made flesh and was humbled, to serve and preach the Good News.

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, let us all remember to be sensitive towards others by watching the words that come out of our mouths. May it be words of love always instead of pain. –Ge Lubaton. YLSS#22

Prayer:
Lord, grant me the humility to respect all the people I encounter everyday. Fill my heart with love and joy so that I can share your grace to them. Amen
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