Little Whispers, Tim Montales

United Colors of Jesus Christ

First Reading
Acts 11: 1 – 18 

The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judea
heard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God.
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem
the circumcised believers confronted him, saying,
‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.”
Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,
“I was at prayer in the city of Joppa
when in a trance I had a vision,
something resembling a large sheet coming down,
lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me.
Looking intently into it,
I observed and saw the four-legged animals of the earth,
the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky.
I also heard a voice say to me, ‘Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.’
But I said, ‘Certainly not, sir,
because nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
But a second time a voice from heaven answered,
‘What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.’
This happened three times,
and then everything was drawn up again into the sky.
Just then three men appeared at the house where we were,
who had been sent to me from Caesarea.
The Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating.
These six brothers also went with me,
and we entered the man’s house.
He related to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying,
‘Send someone to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter,
who will speak words to you
by which you and all your household will be saved.’
As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them
as it had upon us at the beginning,
and I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said,
‘John baptized with water
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
If then God gave them the same gift he gave to us
when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,
who was I to be able to hinder God?”
When they heard this,
they stopped objecting and glorified God, saying,
“God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 42: 2 – 3, 43: 3 – 4

R. (see 3a) Athirst is my soul for the living God.
As the hind longs for the running waters,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?
R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling-place.
R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.
Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
O God, my God!
R. Athirst is my soul for the living God.

Gospel
John 10: 1 – 10

Jesus said:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

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REFLECTION

“What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.” – Acts 11:9

“Prejudice is Ignorance.”

These were the last words seen on Michael Jackson’s edited music video, “Black or White.” The song itself is a message about eliminating the disease of discrimination, and establishing the cure of equality.

But before MJ addressed this issue, God Himself expressed his concern about discrimination between the uncircumcised and the circumcised. Through food, Peter was reminded what whatever God created, he has no right to call it unclean.

In today’s modern world, there may be no uncircumcised and circumcised conflict going on, but discrimination still lingers between races, countries, classes, and even between religions (example, the stereotyping of the Muslim communities by associating them with terrorism and piracy).

True enough, our set of eyes have the normal ability to discriminate an individual or in a group of people. But it really takes a lot of time to exercise our eyes to look at the good side of every people. I admit that for once, I had that habit. But today, I’m struggling, little by little to overcome prejudice, and incorporate the sight of equality and positivity in my eyes.

Friends, it is a tough task to see the good in everything, but with the Lord’s grace, we will be able to do it. Just have faith and everything will go according to his vision. – Tim Montales (tm81288@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Lord, thank You for providing us eyes to see this wonderful world that You have created. Help us to use these windows of our souls to see the good, beautiful, and wonderful things that You have stored in this Earth. May we learn to appreciate and not to discriminate, and should we see something wrong, may we address it in a way that does not offend the concerned parties. Amen!

REFLECTION QUESTION
What do you do to see Jesus in every person?

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