Little Whispers, Tim Montales

The Trials of Endurance

First Reading

GN 46:1-7, 28-30

Israel set out with all that was his.

When he arrived at Beer-sheba,
he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
There God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called,
“Jacob! Jacob!”
He answered, “Here I am.”
Then he said: “I am God, the God of your father.
Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt,
for there I will make you a great nation.
Not only will I go down to Egypt with you;
I will also bring you back here, after Joseph has closed your eyes.”

So Jacob departed from Beer-sheba,
and the sons of Israel
put their father and their wives and children
on the wagons that Pharaoh had sent for his transport.
They took with them their livestock
and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan.
Thus Jacob and all his descendants migrated to Egypt.
His sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his granddaughtersB
all his descendants—he took with him to Egypt.

Israel had sent Judah ahead to Joseph,
so that he might meet him in Goshen.
On his arrival in the region of Goshen,
Joseph hitched the horses to his chariot
and rode to meet his father Israel in Goshen.
As soon as Joseph saw him, he flung himself on his neck
and wept a long time in his arms.
And Israel said to Joseph, “At last I can die,
now that I have seen for myself that Joseph is still alive.”

Responsorial Psalm

PS 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.

R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
their inheritance lasts forever.
They are not put to shame in an evil time;
in days of famine they have plenty.

R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones.

R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Gospel

MT 10:16-23

Jesus said to his Apostles:

“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;

so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.

But beware of men,

for they will hand you over to courts

and scourge you in their synagogues,

and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake

as a witness before them and the pagans.

When they hand you over,

do not worry about how you are to speak

or what you are to say.

You will be given at that moment what you are to say.

For it will not be you who speak

but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Brother will hand over brother to death,

and the father his child;

children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.

You will be hated by all because of my name,

but whoever endures to the end will be saved.

When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.

Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel

before the Son of Man comes.”

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July 12

REFLECTION

“You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.” Mt 10: 22

When I first entered the Youth Ministry through YLSS 24, I was thinking that my life will have a smooth journey afterwards. However, as the days went by, I was in for a reality check that my life with the Lord will be a tougher road than before. Trials and temptations have pushed me further to my very limits, and it even squeezed me to the point of quitting the Youth Ministry because of the fatigue that has settled in my body.

But every time I plan to do such a thing, I always find myself attending the prayer meetings, and serving in various missions of the community. At first, I was thinking that my body has been automated to do this. But now, I realize that it was God who was doing it all along. Perhaps this is his way of saving me from such a pitfall as he recognizes my will to endure everything that will come my way for His Greater Glory. And true enough, He saves and rewards me for my endurance such as passing my thesis with a good grade, and landing a dream job.

Brothers and sisters, the world may become a nastier place to live once you have made a pact with the Lord to become His servant. And true enough, life will always be difficult. But if we are willing to persevere and endure all the trials that come our way for His Glory, the Lord will be merciful enough to save us from harm, and be generous enough to shower us with the blessings that are rightfully ours.

Bruce Lee once said, “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

As His servants, let us always exercise the will to pray for the strength to endure every test that will lead to His Victory. – Tim Montales (tm81288@yahoo.com)

PRAYER

Lord, we praise and thank You for sending us Jesus Christ as the example of a servant who is willing to endure everything for Your Greater Glory. Inspired by his sacrifice on the cross, may we always exercise the will to pray for the strength to surpass the trials of endurance in order to show the world of Your Greater Glory. Amen!

Reflection Question

How do you face your trials?

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