Gerard Lubaton, Little Whispers

No Doubt

First Reading
Acts 13:26-33

When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:
“My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
and those others among you who are God-fearing,
to us this word of salvation has been sent.
The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,
and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets
that are read sabbath after sabbath.
For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,
they asked Pilate to have him put to death,
and when they had accomplished all that was written about him,
they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.
But God raised him from the dead,
and for many days he appeared to those
who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.
These are now his witnesses before the people.
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
as it is written in the second psalm,
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11AB
R. (7bc) You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.

“I myself have set up my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
this day I have begotten you.”
R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
“Ask of me and I will give you
the nations for an inheritance
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall rule them with an iron rod;
you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.”
R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
And now, O kings, give heed;
take warning, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
with trembling rejoice.
R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.

Gospel
Jn 14:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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REFLECTION

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, you have faith in God, have faith also in me.”

I found myself empty. Hollow. Lacking. Searching. Incomplete. Unhappy.

For several months, i was serving the Lord through the Youth and the Feast non-stop. Always saying yes to every calling to serve. Until i found myself burnt out and backsliding again which has become a cycle to me ever since I started serving.

I remember having this very long and complicated conversation with a very close friend. She almost gave up on me convincing to continue to attending prayer meetings because i lost faith in my service. She told me that the only way is to go back to Jesus. But no, I was searching for answers beyond the Christian life.

But then, i knew Jesus wouldn’t give up on me. He called me to serve in the FAITH stream of the Kerygma Conference 2011. Going through the rehearsals, I was very struggling in preparing myself spiritually and emotionally.

But The Lord gave me an experience that was beyond my comprehension. In the part when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed during the stream while i was playing, true to His promise, the Lord spoke to me and I was assured that only through Him that I will find my answers in life.

That He is the Truth that I will stand upon.
That He is the life that breathes in me.

That very beautiful moment felt very pure and i was in tears.

The Lord doesn’t abandon the troubled and depressed says in the Bible. You may be in your breaking point or feeling your life is in pieces, He just wants us to have our complete faith in Him. Just call to His Name and He’ll surely be there. – Gerard Lubato (ge.lubaton@gmail.com)

PRAYER
“I lift my hands to believe again, You are my refuge, You are my strength.
As I pour out my heart, these things I remember, You are faithful God, Forever.” — I lift my hands by Chris Tomlin

REFLECTION
When was the last time you felt lost in your faith?

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