Gerard Ramirez, Little Whispers

Audition

First Reading
1 Thes 4:9-11

Brothers and sisters:
On the subject of fraternal charity
you have no need for anyone to write you,
for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,
and to aspire to live a tranquil life,
to mind your own affairs,
and to work with your own hands,
as we instructed you.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9
R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice
.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Gospel
Mt 25:14-30

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“A man going on a journey
called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–
to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
and buried his master’s money.
After a long time
the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents
came forward bringing the additional five.
He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.
See, I have made five more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
‘Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,
‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
harvesting where you did not plant
and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.’
His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’”
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sing
REFLECTION
“Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.” Mt 25: 24

Ever since I was a child, I have this innate fear of rejection. I always want to be accepted. I always want to belong. So, it’s either I do things based on what people expected of me or I don’t things at all.

I love singing. It relaxes me when I try remembering lyrics and auto-correcting myself if I am out of tune. And I am out of tune a lot. That’s why even though I love to sing, I made sure that no one sees me sing. It’s ok if they hear me sing, as long as they don’t see me.

For years, I held concerts. I held concerts when I am taking baths. And as my fear is stronger than my love for singing, I pretended that I don’t know how to sing. For me, my voice is not good for others to hear.

Years have passed, and a friend of mine reintroduced me to the Youth Ministry, There, I met friends who sang their hearts for the Lord. I envied them. They can sing in front of people and worship God at the same time. I wanted to do that for as long as I can remember. But, again, my fear is stronger than my urge to worship my God through singing. I struggled for so long before, with the help of knowing that I have friends that will be joining me, I summoned enough strength to audition for the Praise Ministry.

Friends, fear is something that can keep us from doing what we love to do. Most of the time, it hinders us from feeling and achieving and receiving the freedom and the blessings that God wants to give us.

My fear held me back for years. But when I let God take control of my life and let my fears die down, blessings upon blessings came into my life. Oh, and about the audition? I got in. -Gerard Kristoffer Ramirez (ramirez.gk@gmail.com)

Prayer
Father, You are bigger than my fears. I will believe in You, always! Amen.

Reflection Question
Will you let fear defeat God’s plans for you?

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