Little Whispers, Renzo Sy

God’s Weird Love Language

First Reading
DT 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,
the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho,
and the LORD showed him all the land—
Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali,
the land of Ephraim and Manasseh,
all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,
the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordan
with the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms,
and as far as Zoar.
The LORD then said to him,
“This is the land
which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
that I would give to their descendants.
I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over.”
So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the LORD,
died as the LORD had said; and he was buried in the ravine
opposite Beth-peor in the land of Moab,
but to this day no one knows the place of his burial.
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died,
yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.
For thirty days the children of Israel wept for Moses
in the plains of Moab, till they had completed
the period of grief and mourning for Moses.

Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom,
since Moses had laid his hands upon him;
and so the children of Israel gave him their obedience,
thus carrying out the LORD’s command to Moses.

Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses,
whom the LORD knew face to face.
He had no equal in all the signs and wonders
the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt
against Pharaoh and all his servants and against all his land,
and for the might and the terrifying power
that Moses exhibited in the sight of all Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 66:1-3A, 5 AND 8, 16-17
R. (see 20a and 10b) Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God: “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
Bless our God, you peoples;
loudly sound his praise.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Gospel
MT 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church.
If he refuses to listen even to the Church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”


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“Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.”  (Matthew 18:19)

REFLECTION
For the past two weeks, I probably went through the worst enrollment system ever.

Step 1: Online Raffle
It starts off as an online raffle. You would often hear the line, “May the odds be ever in your favor.” as more than 8000 students fight over a limited amount of slots.

Step 2: Registration Proper
DID YOU GET THE SUBJECTS YOU NEED?

(YES)
HOORAY! The only thing you need to do is process your final tuition amount and pay for it.

(NO, you’re doomed!)
After doing the online raffles, you line up at the building (which are far from each other) where your desired subject is offered.

Step 3: Payment (Final Step)

I was lacking one more subject for the sem. While other schools would have a one-step give-and-take enrollment system, I had to do things the hard way. In the early hours of the morning, I lined up for a Philosophy class slot. The line was as long as the two pillars of a huge building and I waited 7 hours in the same spot, listening to praise songs and playing games on my phone. The line finally moved. To my dismay, there were only 3 slots left and the very last one was given to the person right in front of me.

On the second day of enrollment, I lined up for a Geography class, and I still ended up with nothing. On the third day, I went to school at 5am, lining up for a Speech class, and like all the other days, I still ended up with nothing.

I went home physically tired. I stayed in my room asking questions, thinking why things seem hopeless. My patience was tested. The time allotted for waiting was worthless. To make matters worse, the moment I got home, I learned that they opened another class at my desired time, making me more frustrated.

Eventually, I had to beg my professors to enlist me, but a total of fifteen professors rejected me.

My enrollment just ended today. Indeed, life is an unending cycle of competition. Yes, I questioned Him for a moment there. I prayed for a slot. I prayed for things to be according to His plan. I prayed for success. But guess what? He did not promise an easy life. He did promise, that with every hurdle and obstacle, He is with you, promising that with all these chaos, He will make you mighty and strong.

In Evan Almighty (2007), Morgan Freeman (acting as God) said, “If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage or does he give him opportunities to be courageous?”

Three years ago, I started serving God. I prayed for growth. And indeed, He stays true to His Word, and I am here, taking great leaps and bounds to grow, not just in my community, but in the real world.

Prayer
Father God, thank You for being there when I pray even in the most random times. I pray that You grant me the opportunity to fulfill my obligations especially my heart’s desires. That my eyes may be opened to Your plan for me. Amen.

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