Ana Luciano, Little Whispers

Take A Break!

First Reading
Ex 3:13-20

Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,
“When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,
‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’
if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”
God replied, “I am who am.”
Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:
I AM sent me to you.”

God spoke further to Moses, “Thus shall you say to the children of Israel:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,
has sent me to you.

“This is my name forever;
this my title for all generations.

“Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and tell them:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
has appeared to me and said:
I am concerned about you
and about the way you are being treated in Egypt;
so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,
Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,
a land flowing with milk and honey.

“Thus they will heed your message.
Then you and the elders of Israel
shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him:
“The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent us word.
Permit us, then, to go a three-days’ journey in the desert,
that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God.

“Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go
unless he is forced.
I will stretch out my hand, therefore,
and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there.
After that he will send you away.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 105:1 AND 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27
R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations—
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

He greatly increased his people
and made them stronger than their foes,
Whose hearts he changed, so that they hated his people,
and dealt deceitfully with his servants.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

He sent Moses his servant;
Aaron, whom he had chosen.
They wrought his signs among them,
and wonders in the land of Ham.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Mt 11:28-30

Jesus said:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
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July 18

REFLECTION

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.”  Mt 11:28

Si Ana? ‘Di nanaman yan pwede. Lagi yang busy.. at stressed.”

Altogether, my friends would laugh as they tease me for always being absent whenever they ask me to go out.

I am very workaholic. I like keeping myself busy all the time. I always push myself to work even if it takes me to sleep at five in the morning.  Walking on tiptoes, I’d regularly sneak in our bedroom before getting reprimanded. Coffee is my favorite alternative for meals and surprisingly, sleeping would be my last option.

But then, I end up panicking and worrying. Being tired is something difficult for me to admit yet during these times, I find myself in the arms of Jesus.

Today, the Lord has a simple reminder for us: Relax and take a break!  Don’t always be in a hurry like me. Stopping for a while is okay. Being tired is okay. Just be with Him and He will show you how to take a real rest.

Remember, on the seventh day He rested. Our God is a God who rests too.  – Ana Luciano (anambluciano@gmail.com)

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, I thank You for the gift of rest. Thank You for walking with me through my trials and for embracing me whenever I need You. Amen.

REFLECTION QUESTION

When you feel tired and burned out, what’s the first thing you do?

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