CJ Goronio, Little Whispers

The Man Who Stood Out

First Reading
DT 31:1-8
When Moses had finished speaking to all Israel, he said to them,
“I am now one hundred and twenty years old
and am no longer able to move about freely;
besides, the LORD has told me that I shall not cross this Jordan.
It is the LORD, your God, who will cross before you;
he will destroy these nations before you,
that you may supplant them.
It is Joshua who will cross before you, as the LORD promised.
The LORD will deal with them just as he dealt with Sihon and Og,
the kings of the Amorites whom he destroyed,
and with their country.
When, therefore, the LORD delivers them up to you,
you must deal with them exactly as I have ordered you.
Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them,
for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you;
he will never fail you or forsake you.”

Then Moses summoned Joshua and in the presence of all Israel
said to him, “Be brave and steadfast,
for you must bring this people into the land
which the LORD swore to their fathers he would give them;
you must put them in possession of their heritage.
It is the LORD who marches before you;
he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.
So do not fear or be dismayed.”

Responsorial Psalm
DEUTERONOMY 32:3-4AB, 7, 8, 9 AND 12
R. (9a) The portion of the Lord is his people.

For I will sing the LORD’s renown.
Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!
The Rock–how faultless are his deeds,
how right all his ways!
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.
Think back on the days of old,
reflect on the years of age upon age.
Ask your father and he will inform you,
ask your elders and they will tell you.
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.
When the Most High assigned the nations their heritage,
when he parceled out the descendants of Adam,
He set up the boundaries of the peoples
after the number of the sons of Israel.
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.
While the LORD’s own portion was Jacob,
his hereditary share was Israel.
The LORD alone was their leader,
no strange god was with him.
R. The portion of the Lord is his people.

MT 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”

Standing out from the crowd concept

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?” (Matthew 18:12)

I have a bestfriend in college, named Jo. I still remember the first day we met and how he stood out from everyone: he’s funny, rowdy and spontaneous but not everyone liked him (at first). I felt bad for him so I befriended him. It turns out we had a lot in common, from being bad at math to being competitive in cooking. We’ve been through a lot, being friends for 4 years and because of this, we have some rough patches.

There was a time in 2nd year where he started to drift away. He wouldn’t answer my calls and if he did, he would often say he’s busy. He started hanging out with a different crowd, doing all sorts of stuff and it worried us. My friends told me that I’m the only one who can talk some sense out of him but I would hesitate to talk because it hurts to see him hangout with other people, making me feel like he’s disregarding our friendship. But out of worry and care, I talked to him and told him how he’s making us all feel. I told him that despite his actions, he would always find a friend in me; that with just one call, I will be there.

Eventually, he made peace with our friends and me. We were all happy to see him hang out with us again, making our group of friends complete once more.

It’s also the same with God. We would often share things with Him like our dreams, the amazing friends we met, or even the homework we’re going to do. Simply anything! We are so personal with Him that He becomes our bestfriend and He always rejoices because of that. But like any friendship, we sometimes forget God. We find ourselves astray, distracted by our realities and pain that we find it hard to converse with Him.

But do you know what’s so great about Him? Despite us leaving from time to time, He always looks for us and reminds us everyday that He’s our bestfriend. All we have to do is stop and let Him find His way into our hearts.

Reflection Song

Ninenty-Nine By Citipointe Live



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