Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

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First Reading
EX 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20B
In the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt,
on its first day, the children of Israel came to the desert of Sinai.
After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai,
they pitched camp.

While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain,
the LORD told Moses,
“I am coming to you in a dense cloud,
so that when the people hear me speaking with you,
they may always have faith in you also.”
When Moses, then, had reported to the LORD the response of the people,
the LORD added, “Go to the people
and have them sanctify themselves today and tomorrow.
Make them wash their garments and be ready for the third day;
for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai
before the eyes of all the people.”

On the morning of the third day
there were peals of thunder and lightning,
and a heavy cloud over the mountain,
and a very loud trumpet blast,
so that all the people in the camp trembled.
But Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God,
and they stationed themselves at the foot of the mountain.
Mount Sinai was all wrapped in smoke,
for the LORD came down upon it in fire.
The smoke rose from it as though from a furnace,
and the whole mountain trembled violently.
The trumpet blast grew louder and louder, while Moses was speaking
and God answering him with thunder.

When the LORD came down to the top of Mount Sinai,
he summoned Moses to the top of the mountain.

Responsorial Psalm
DANIEL 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you on the throne of your Kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!
“Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
praiseworthy and glorious forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!

Gospel
MT 13:10-17
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”


 

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 “… They look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” (Matthew 13:14)

REFLECTION

Growing up, I was used to not seeing my dad going home from school and before I sleep. It was actually a lot harder for me because being the bunso of the family, I would usually long for my dad’s presence. Maybe that’s the reason why I ended up being mommy’s girl.

But then we encountered a lot of struggles as a family that brought me to the point where the only hope I had was the thought that my dad would always have our back. Most of the time though, I don’t really understand him. I don’t see the point of arguing with him. Maybe that’s why I don’t listen to what he says and I won’t even try to consider his intentions. But whenever we argue and have our shallow fights, at the back of my mind, there is always this little voice telling me that maybe He is just doing everything that he can to mold me into the person he wants me to become.

Seeing how strong and tough he is made me realize that we were so blessed to have him as our dad. Despite all his flaws, no matter how hard it can be for me to get his point or to listen to his voice, I still thank God for giving me a father like him. He has always been my support system – giving me the strength I need to never give up. My brother and I always promise to each other that no matter what happens, we will never stop until we can give Dad the life that he deserves.

 Just like our dads, God wants us to understand His plans for us. He wants us to listen to His voice and hear what He is trying to say. It may not always be that simple and easy, but God gives us the assurance that He will always be beside us just like our fathers. We may not see Him with our eyes, but He is there. And when He speaks, He has a beautiful and promising message for all of us every single time. – Bea Borromeo (itsmebea@ymail.com)

PS: Happy birthday, Dad!!!! Love you mucho 

Prayer

Reflection Question

Do you really understand what He is trying to say?

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