Kai Del Mundo, Little Whispers

Stop. Look. Listen.

First Reading
RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB

God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 45:10, 11, 12, 16
R. (10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

Second Reading
1 COR 15:20-27

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the firstfruits;
then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end,
when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for “he subjected everything under his feet.”

Gospel
LK 1:39-56

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.


stop

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:45)

REFLECTION
Four days ago I received one of the biggest news of my life. I passed my licensure exam! It was the best feeling ever because finally after several years of studying and hard work, I now have that PTRP (Physical Therapist Registered, Philippines) after my name.

Looking back to three months ago, I was definitely feeling the opposite. Preparing for the boards was not easy. Everything we studied for in our five year course was condensed into four months of intensive review. Sometime during those months, I felt really tired. Extremely exhausted. I kept questioning myself whether I can do it or not. I was so scared to fall short and let down my family and friends. I was very frightened to fail. At that exact moment, I started praying. That lead me to realize that my God is bigger than all my worries. Since that moment, I made a commitment not to let self-doubt take over my life but instead allow God to have full control of what’s going to happen. One morning, as I was reading my Bible, I came across a verse from Romans 8:31 that says “With God on our side like this, how can we lose?”

I got goose bumps. It was the perfect assurance I needed. Not the assurance that I will pass, but the assurance that God will be with me every step of the way. God spoke to me very clearly that He will not abandon me and I continued to cling to that promise. That promise has now led me to passing this licensure exam. When He says it is done, it is done.

Friends, there are times when we get lost somewhere in the middle of a difficult storm in our lives. But sometimes all we have to do is to stop worrying, look at all His blessings around you and listen to Him. In the midst of chaos, we can choose to be silent and allow Him to speak to us. God cares about what’s going in your life. Invite Him into your life and open up the ears of your heart. Listen to Him, maybe He has something to tell you today. ☺

Prayer
Lord thank You for all the blessings you’ve given us. Help us to worry less and pray more. Speak to us and reveal Your message for us today. Amen.

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