Clarissa Asilo, Little Whispers

What Now?

First Reading
JOS 24:1-13

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people:
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
In times past your fathers, down to Terah,
father of Abraham and Nahor,
dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.
But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River
and led him through the entire land of Canaan.
I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac.
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.
To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle,
while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies
which I wrought in her midst.
Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea,
the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea
with chariots and horsemen.
Because they cried out to the LORD,
he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians,
upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them.
After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,
and dwelt a long time in the desert,
I brought you into the land of the Amorites
who lived east of the Jordan.
They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.
You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them,
the two kings of the Amorites, before you.
Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,
prepared to war against Israel.
He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;
but I would not listen to Balaam.
On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.
Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,
the men of Jericho fought against you,
but I delivered them also into your power.
And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them
(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)
out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow.

“I gave you a land that you had not tilled
and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;
you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 AND 24
R. His mercy endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
And made their land a heritage,
for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.

Gospel
MT 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?
So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”
They said to him, “Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?”
He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him,
“If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry.”
He answered, “Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”


what

He answered, “Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted…” (Matthew 19:11)

REFLECTION
It has been two and a half months since I graduated from college.

But I’ve been through a tough time during my last semester that I started to doubt myself if I should still pursue my career path. One time, I got an opportunity to try a different profession, but turns out, it wasn’t for me. So I decided to go back on my degree field and started to submit my CVs to my three top choice of companies. I got a shot on my second and third choice. Unluckily, my preparations and efforts wasn’t enough. I got rejected.

I am now left with my first choice. But some say they take months to call and others say they won’t even give you a call. So as a backup, I tried two other companies but ended rejected again. I cried myself to sleep for many nights because of frustrations – questioning myself, “Am I not enough?” “What now?”  “I’m such a failure.” It was a struggle for me to keep going and move on to other opportunities.

One night, I felt really tired. It felt like my tank is empty. All I’ve got was nothing but these frustrations and worries. I talked to my college bestfriend because I can’t handle it anymore. She comforted me as she said, “Siguro tinetest lang ni Lord kung ga’no ka katatag. May plan siya satin, all in God’s perfect timing.” (Maybe the Lord is testing me. I know He has a plan for me, all in His perfect timing.)

Sometimes, we become impatient when God doesn’t answers our prayers instantly. We tend to rely on our capabilities and forget to have faith on His promise because we are too eager to find out the result. Being impatient turns us to become fearful, anxious, and even angry. But God has good reasons for making us wait. Patience involves seeking the Lord and resting in His perfect timing. So let go, be patient and trust in Him. You will not be disappointed. Remember that He is always in control and our future is as bright as God’s promise for us.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your perfect plan. Teach me to be patient as I fully trust You with all my heart, with all my mind and with all my soul. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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