Gerard Lubaton, Little Whispers

Kapatid at Kaibigan, Usap Tayo.

FIRST READING
2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19

David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom
into the City of David amid festivities.
As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps,
he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
Then David, girt with a linen apron,
came dancing before the LORD with abandon,
as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD
with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.
The ark of the LORD was brought in and set in its place
within the tent David had pitched for it.
Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
When he finished making these offerings,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
He then distributed among all the people,
to each man and each woman in the entire multitude of Israel,
a loaf of bread, a cut of roast meat, and a raisin cake.
With this, all the people left for their homes.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10
R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD of hosts; he is the king of glory.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

Gospel
Mk 3:31-35

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”
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REFLECTION
“For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

All of my friends know that I have a big family.
I had a father who was a very jolly and funny person and a mother who has a strong personality.

I have four brothers and two sisters who I consider my guardian angels. Since I am the youngest, I think it’s natural that I consider my family as my stronghold and comfort. I think I am lucky to have so many loving family members because I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

My family instilled in me values that I am very thankful for. They were also the ones who introduced me to Jesus Christ who can I pray to before eating meals, before going to sleep and during Mass.

Back then, I only knew Jesus as king. I used to be scared of Him whenever I commit mistakes or sins. I was afraid that He might punish me just like my parents did when we did something wrong.

When I stepped in to community, there was a paradigm shift.

I realized that Jesus can be more than a King. He could be more than a mediator. He could be more than a prophet. And He could be more than a prayer figure.

He could be…wait for it…a brother. A sister. A mother. A father. Your best friend.

“And the scripture was fulfilled which faith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” – James 2:23, KJV

In many ways, I have called Jesus to be there as my friend. When I longed for a shoulder to lean on, He willingly gave it. He can be the most generous friend that you can find.

So I say, mga pare at mga mare, ateng at koyang, YOU are a friend of God! And You, are very special! -Ge Lubaton. YLSS#22

Prayer:
“Dear Lord, thank You for making me Your friend. I pray that we would have more memories made together. I will walk wherever You will go. Surround me with Your love and grace. This I pray, Amen.”


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