Justin Chong, Little Whispers

Fourth Day

First Reading
EX 2:1-15A

A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,
who conceived and bore a son.
Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.
When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,
daubed it with bitumen and pitch,
and putting the child in it,
placed it among the reeds on the river bank.
His sister stationed herself at a distance
to find out what would happen to him.

Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the river to bathe,
while her maids walked along the river bank.
Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it.
On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying!
She was moved with pity for him and said,
“It is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter,
“Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women
to nurse the child for you?”
“Yes, do so,” she answered.
So the maiden went and called the child’s own mother.
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her,
“Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you.”
The woman therefore took the child and nursed it.
When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter,
who adopted him as her son and called him Moses;
for she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

On one occasion, after Moses had grown up,
when he visited his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor,
he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen.
Looking about and seeing no one,
he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting!
So he asked the culprit,
“Why are you striking your fellow Hebrew?”
But the culprit replied,
“Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us?
Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?”
Then Moses became afraid and thought,
“The affair must certainly be known.”

Pharaoh, too, heard of the affair and sought to put Moses to death.
But Moses fled from him and stayed in the land of Midian.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
R. (see 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
where there is no foothold;
I have reached the watery depths;
the flood overwhelms me.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me;
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

Gospel
MT 11:20-24

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”


  

“For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.” (Matthew 11: 21)
REFLECTION
Way back in high school, our school required to have a very important retreat before we graduate. It’s actually a retreat students look forward to because it’s a 3 day retreat and it happens during weekdays, so you will be excused from class for those days. It is also somehow a feared retreat because students who come in, come out changed. The retreat is called, Days with The Lord.

When I took my Days With The Lord, my eyes were opened to new aspects in life. It was surely a life changing experience but the best part was the last and final day. It was finally time to leave as we concluded our closing mass. The facilitator then said, “When you leave this room, live out the 4th day.”

All of us in our own ways, experienced the Lord’s mighty deeds. It can be from our families, friends, nature or retreats much like Days with the Lord. But the question is, what happens afterwards? It took me a while to figure out what “Live out the 4th day” meant, but I realized that after experiencing the Lord in a three day retreat, It was my mission to carry it out to the 4th day and the succeeding days after that.

Much like you and me, having the honor to experience the Lord’s mighty deeds in our life, it is our own mission to carry it out to others and to the Lord in our own way. -Justin Chong (justinchong15@gmail.com)

Prayer
Lord, Thank you for continuing to inspire me each day of my life. Thank you for all the blessings that you have given me. Guide me as I live out the mighty deeds you have done for me. Amen

Reflection Question
What are the mighty deeds the Lord has done in your midst today?

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