Kitkat Fernandez, Little Whispers

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First Reading
GN 46:1-7, 28-30 PS 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
Israel set out with all that was his.
When he arrived at Beer-sheba,
he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
There God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called,
“Jacob! Jacob!”
He answered, “Here I am.”
Then he said: “I am God, the God of your father.
Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt,
for there I will make you a great nation.
Not only will I go down to Egypt with you;
I will also bring you back here, after Joseph has closed your eyes.”

So Jacob departed from Beer-sheba,
and the sons of Israel
put their father and their wives and children
on the wagons that Pharaoh had sent for his transport.
They took with them their livestock
and the possessions they had acquired in the land of Canaan.
Thus Jacob and all his descendants migrated to Egypt.
His sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his granddaughters—
all his descendants—he took with him to Egypt.

Israel had sent Judah ahead to Joseph,
so that he might meet him in Goshen.
On his arrival in the region of Goshen,
Joseph hitched the horses to his chariot
and rode to meet his father Israel in Goshen.
As soon as Joseph saw him, he flung himself on his neck
and wept a long time in his arms.
And Israel said to Joseph, “At last I can die,
now that I have seen for myself that Joseph is still alive.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
their inheritance lasts forever.
They are not put to shame in an evil time;
in days of famine they have plenty.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Gospel
MT 10:16-23
Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men,
for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak
or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.”


 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

REFLECTION

Our family was asked to share our story in the Family Encounter weekend, which is one of the annually held activities by the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Community that focuses on building deeper relationships with God in our families. Everything was going fine before the weekend; the necessary preparations were done by the people part of the working team. My family and I were ready to sit in front of several families and share.

When the weekend finally came, there was a time when we were about to show a video about “The Velveteen Rabbit” but a power outage suddenly occurred. I could remember the struggle we went through because the electricity failed us and we needed to continue with the schedule of activities. Knowing how important this story was to the weekend, we decided that we shouldn’t allow these obstacles to stop us. Right there, right then, without any preparations, we told the story of the Velveteen Rabbit using nothing but our own voices and bodies. Everyone laughed and cheered us on. It became one of our most memorable experiences as a family in the community and we felt God working through us.

Serving God will not be an easy journey. Sometimes, even when we prepare ourselves, unexpected things can happen and disturb us. The promise of God is not that everything will happen perfectly in our eyes but instead, that He will be with us even through the difficult moments. It is the readiness to serve and face hardship for Him and His Kingdom that matters most. – Kitkat Fernandez (catherine.kitkat@gmail.com)

Prayer

Lord, give me the strength and courage to face all adversities that come my way in serving You and Your Kingdom. Amen.

Reflection Question

Do you always seek God in times of trouble?

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