Gerard Ramirez, Little Whispers

Cheat

First Reading
Acts 4:32-37

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
(which is translated “son of encouragement”),
a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
sold a piece of property that he owned,
then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5

R. (1a) The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R. Alleluia.

And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.
R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
John 3:7-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“‘You must be born from above.’
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to him,
‘How can this happen?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
but you people do not accept our testimony.
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”


 

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“Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so much the Son of Man be lifted up so the everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” (John 3:11-­15)

REFLECTION

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “do whatever is necessary”? How about “I did what I did because I want you to have a better life”? This world teaches us that we have to do whatever it takes so we can have a “better life” even if it meant doing things that are bad. Lie. Cheat. Steal. Whatever it takes. And sometimes, we believe this message. We cheat to get better grades. We lie to make our lives sound cooler. We steal money or power just to feel better.

It is easier to believe and testify to this world because we allow this world to manipulate us. We allow ourselves to conform to what this world’s idea of good and bad. Sometimes we forget the words and teachings that the Lord had left for us because this world is teaching us to “live easier” and it feels right. Even though, based on His teachings, it’s wrong. Do not let this world dictate how we live our lives. Let us bring our focus back to Him who is leading us back to the arms of our Father. Never let the temporary great life that this world offers make us lose our way to a life with our Father. God bless you. ­ – Gerard Ramirez (ramirez.gk@gmail.com)

Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for leading me back to a beautiful life with You. May You not let temptations hinder me from following You. Give us faith in Your plans and teach us Your ways. Amen.

Reflection Question
Would you rather live a temporary comfortable life, or would you rather spend eternity with the
Father?

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