Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

Different, Weird and Unique

First Reading
EX 11:10—12:14

Although Moses and Aaron performed various wonders
in Pharaoh’s presence,
the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate,
and he would not let the children of Israel leave his land.

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;
you shall reckon it the first month of the year.
Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month
every one of your families must procure for itself a lamb,
one apiece for each household.
If a family is too small for a whole lamb,
it shall join the nearest household in procuring one
and shall share in the lamb
in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.
The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then,
with the whole assembly of Israel present,
it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
They shall take some of its blood
and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel
of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh
with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
It shall not be eaten raw or boiled, but roasted whole,
with its head and shanks and inner organs.
None of it must be kept beyond the next morning;
whatever is left over in the morning shall be burned up.

“This is how you are to eat it:
with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
you shall eat like those who are in flight.
It is the Passover of the LORD.
For on this same night I will go through Egypt,
striking down every first born of the land, both man and beast,
and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
Seeing the blood, I will pass over you;
thus, when I strike the land of Egypt,
no destructive blow will come upon you.

“This day shall be a memorial feast for you,
which all your generations shall celebrate
with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 116:12-13, 15 AND 16BC, 17-18
R. (13) I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

Gospel
MT 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry
and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions
but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”


Made

“They shall take some of its blood and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel.” (Exodus 12:7)

REFLECTION
Two weeks ago, I went to Hillsong Conference in Sydney alone.

It was quite scary travelling to a new country with an entirely different culture and people. Alone, I was actually nervous going to the Conference because I do not want to feel left out, I wanted to fit in with all the people, I wanted to make friends. And at first, I really, really felt overwhelmed, there were lots, and I mean lots of people there!

For the first few days, I actually felt alone because I had no one to share my feelings and the lessons I’ve learned. I actually prayed to God that He may lead people to me, people who I could talk to. That same day, while I was standing, a group of people suddenly approached me. I was a bit surprised because I wasn’t paying attention to my surroundings. I felt shy because I thought I was too different. I thought they were better than me and I was nothing. They introduced themselves, and soon enough, we all got along. We all got to know each other. And in that most wonderful week, in the short time I knew them, I knew I made friends that would last a lifetime.

Have you ever felt alone, have you ever felt left out? Perhaps you felt you were too different, too weird, too unique. Let me tell you the truth, YOU are too different, YOU are too weird, YOU are too unique. God has made you in an image that sets you apart. Know that you have all your shortcomings, all your failures that make you imperfect. But know also that Jesus has anointed the doorposts of your heart with His blood, blood that was shed on the Cross, so that You may be complete in His unending grace. Never be ashamed, for you have been made righteous in Him. -Diego Reyes (onediego.reyes@gmail.com)

Prayer
Lord, may I learn to accept myself, all my failures and shortcomings. May I be enlightened that You have anointed me with Your blood, and through that same blood, I am made righteous and complete in Your grace. Amen.

Reflection Question
Do I know of His grace? Have I learned to accept myself?

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