Jorel Borromeo

Heartbreaks

First Reading
2 COR 4:7-15

Brothers and sisters:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
For we who live are constantly being given up to death
for the sake of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith,
according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke,
we too believe and therefore speak,
knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 126:1BC-2AB, 2CD-3, 4-5, 6
R. (5) Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

Gospel
MT 20:20-28

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her,
“What do you wish?”
She answered him,
“Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply,
“You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
He replied,
“My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


heartbreak

“For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (2 Corinthians 4:11)

REFLECTION
We all have our own heartbreak stories, right? Let me tell you my first heartbreak. (it’ll be cheesy and sad, so brace yourself.)

Back in high school, I fell in love with my best friend. We were good together. We felt the same towards each other. We helped each other in keeping our place at the top rank of our section, excelled as a team during school work and activities. We pushed each other to get better until August of 2008. I went to Hong Kong for a week. And to my surprise, she already had a boyfriend when I came back.

Now, from that point, I never stopped asking God these questions:
Why do we experience heartbreaks? Brokenness? Sadness?
Kelangan ba talaga ‘to? Di na kita ma-gets, Lord.

In today’s readings, the Lord is reminding us of the reason why: For we are meant to share and be shared.  We glorify the Lord through sharing our lives with others. We bless others by letting them know that they’re not alone. We experience pain and “death” (figuratively) to grow and have a story to tell.

Friends, if you’re going through something right now, a figurative “death” like sickness, heartbreak, frustration, or questions that you can’t answer, remember that God has a greater purpose for your life. He’s surely getting you through that just as He did with me. By the end of it all, you’ll see that your story is way better than it was in your head.

See yourself as bread; Bread itself is good, but it’s better when it’s broken and shared. – Jorel Borromeo (jorel.borromeo@gmail.com)

Reflection Song

Even If It Hurts (Praise Song) by Hillsong United

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