Caloi Licup, Little Whispers

Smartphones

First Reading
AM 7:12-15

Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos,
“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!
There earn your bread by prophesying,
but never again prophesy in Bethel;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”
Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,
nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.
The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,
Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD —for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

Second Reading
EPH 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

OR
EPH 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of God’s grace
that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

Gospel
MK 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.


  

“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” (Mark 6:3)

REFLECTION
I believe that smartphones are the future. My grandma always tells me that never in her young days did she imagine that such thing will be invented. Never did she imagine before that phones will be wireless, can fit inside a pocket, can be used as a camera, and all the other stuff that she finds amazing about a smartphone. Then I wondered how phones would be in the future. Can I make a smartphone transform into a robot just by pressing a button? Will smartphones have a holographic display feature? Will I be able to use a smartphone to download a Cheeseburger and eat it? (Unli copy paste please)

Smartphones today may have so many cool features. But don’t you think that these features are a little unnecessary for a phone to be able to function as a calling device? I think it is.

Friends, you may think that God wants a lot from your service. You may think that God demands you to do a lot of things just so you may be qualified as a servant. But there is just one simple thing that God asks you to do so that He may use you – Be empty and fill yourselves with His love. Let go of your pride, hatred, judgements, insecurities, and all that is not of Him. Erase and replace. It may be a hard thing to let go, but it will be worth it when you get to witness the miracles that God will do. You don’t have to be great at stuff to be a great servant. You just need to have Jesus in you.

“The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.” – John Velden Lim

-Caloi Licup (caloidoscope@gmail.com)

Prayer

Father God, thank you for your unmerited, unending, and unfailing love. Fill us up today. We surrender ourselves so that you may use us to bless others.

Reflection Question

What are the unnecessary things that hinders me from God’s calling? Am I willing to let these things go?

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