Little Whispers, Tim Montales

Discipleship = Discipline

First Reading
Is 66:18-21

Thus says the LORD:
I know their works and their thoughts,
and I come to gather nations of every language;
they shall come and see my glory.
I will set a sign among them;
from them I will send fugitives to the nations:
to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan,
to the distant coastlands
that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory;
and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations.
They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations
as an offering to the LORD,
on horses and in chariots, in carts, upon mules and dromedaries,
to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD,
just as the Israelites bring their offering
to the house of the LORD in clean vessels.
Some of these I will take as priests and Levites, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 117:1, 2
R. (Mk 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Praise the LORD all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.

For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
Heb 12:5-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters,
You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons.
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

Gospel
Lk 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”
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REFLECTION

“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.” – Hebrews 12: 5-6

Growing up in a family with disciplinarian parents, I do get reprimanded and punished for some of the mistakes and mischievousness that I’ve done. At first, I hated those episodes (at least the manner of conducting the discipline), but as time passed by, I get to appreciate those events for they were able to shape me into a disciplined man.

In the community, my kuyas and ates tend to discipline me in a nice yet frank manner in order to straighten up my act, and become a striving role model of being God’s disciple to my younger colleagues.

In life, however, it is the trials of everyday living that has become God’s way of pruning our spiritual maturity and health in order to become His effective disciples.

Brothers and sisters, whenever we get reprimanded for our errors, let us take it not as a punishment. But rather, let us look at it as one of God’s many ways of expressing His love for us.

It may be harsh at first, but let us remember that discipline is a part of discipleship. And through discipline, we become effective yet improving Disciples of Christ. -Tim Montales (tm81288@yahoo.com)

Prayer

Lord, at first we may not understand Your ways of expressing Your love for us, particularly the art of discipline. Yet, we thank You for Your discipline for it continues to help us become your effective, improving, and disciplined disciples. May we persevere and endure all aspects of discipline so that in turn, we become good examples to our friends, family, and community. Amen.

Reflection Question

Am I a disciplined person?

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