Eva Villoria, Little Whispers

God’s Pushers

First Reading
2 COR 3:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit
for anything as coming from us;
rather, our qualification comes from God,
who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant,
not of letter but of spirit;
for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious
that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses
because of its glory that was going to fade,
how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?
For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious,
the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory.
Indeed, what was endowed with glory
has come to have no glory in this respect
because of the glory that surpasses it.
For if what was going to fade was glorious,
how much more will what endures be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9
R. (see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.

Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his footstool;
holy is he!
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
O LORD, our God, you answered them;
a forgiving God you were to them,
though requiting their misdeeds.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the LORD, our God.
R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Gospel
MT 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”


thankfulness

“Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3: 5)

REFLECTION

As a leader, I could say that there was a time in my life when I felt that I pushed people to be better. I saw their strengths and skills and used those for serving an organization. As the end of our term approached, I encouraged these student leaders to apply for an award that would recognize their hardwork. Fortunately, they were able to receive the award they deserve.

Honestly, I felt bad as their names were flashed in a screen not because I did not get an award, but because they did not even thank me. It sounds shallow, but I felt I deserved a bit of gratitude. Then I realized, maybe I missed to thank some people who pushed me to be a better person too.

There are people who push us to be better. Some exert a lot of effort to make us feel great, while some do not. Still, they deserve our gratitude. God also encourages us to push others to be better. At the same time, He encourages others to push us to be better so that at the end of it all, we may all be like Him and be with Him in paradise. Let us not forget to thank the One because everything comes from Him. -Eva Villoria (edvilloria@gmail.com)

Prayer

Lord God, I thank You for Your messengers who pushed me to be a better person.  Help me to be one of Your effective messengers so that we may be more like You.

Reflection Question

How will I push people to become better and closer to God? Who are the people I have forgotten to thank for making me a better person?

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