Gerard Ramirez, Little Whispers

Marching Band

First Reading
Rom 12:5-16AB

Brothers and sisters:
We, though many, are one Body in Christ
and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them:
if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
if ministry, in ministering;
if one is a teacher, in teaching;
if one exhorts, in exhortation;
if one contributes, in generosity;
if one is over others, with diligence;
if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 131:1BCDE, 2, 3
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O Israel, hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

Gospel
Lk 14:15-24

One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”
He replied to him,
“A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
‘Come, everything is now ready.’
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.’
And another said, ‘I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.’
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
the blind and the lame.’
The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.’
The master then ordered the servant,
‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
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REFLECTION

band

“Brothers and sisters: We, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” Rom 12:5

I grew up with music being a big part of my life. When I was in grade 6, I had a chance to be a part of our school marching band. I tried a lot of instruments, but I   found it really hard playing most of them. Then, the assistant band head introduced me to an instrument I have never seen before; the trombone.

Few days after that, I have played an entire piece and days after, they let me practice with the entire band. The feeling was so great knowing that I was part of the band, but there was something. It felt as though I was just part of the supporting cast and I wanted so badly to be on the spotlight. I was young! I wanted attention. So, I did something that I have never done before; I protested.

I started not going to practices. I got bored since we’re not being given any solos while other sections have three main parts of the piece. “Lagi nalang wind section ang may importanteng parts. Paano naman kaming brass section?” I arrogantly told my band head when he confronted me for not attending practices. I thought we’ll be having an argument but instead, he smiled and answered “A guitar player can wow an audience with power solos and a keyboardist can do the same, but they would sound better with a band not because they can’t stand alone but because the music will sound so whole. The drums and bass guitar puts rhythm to the melody. Wag mong isiping hindi kayo importante. The brass section gives richness to the sound of a marching band. All the sections have their roles. That’s why we are a band.”

Friends, all of us have roles to perform in our community. May you be a leader, a street sweeper, a teacher, or a business person. God has made perfect roles for us and equipped us perfectly to fulfill those roles. We don’t need to be in a spotlight to call ourselves great. Individually, we are created great. Together, we can create great things. Let’s do our best to fulfill our roles and move as one community in Christ. – Gerard Kristoffer Ramirez (ramirez.gk@gmail.com)

Prayer

Father, teach us to move as one. Amen.

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