Little Whispers, Pia Suiza

Climb To The Top

First Reading
PRV 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven columns;
she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.
She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:
“Let whoever is simple turn in here;
To the one who lacks understanding, she says,
Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!
Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading
EPH 5:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

Gospel
JN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”


pray

“Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:17)

REFLECTION

Prayer is my constant struggle. Ever since I learned how to clasp my hands together, close my eyes, and whisper a line or two, being consistent has always been difficult.

My mind wanders off to another place.

I forget to pray for days.

I would sin so I’ll be too shy to even make the sign of the cross.

I can’t find the right words to use.

Then I get frustrated because of all these scenarios, so I end up not praying at all!

It would be easier to just stop trying all together and stay ignorant, right? But then I ask myself, what is God teaching me?

The answer: He is teaching me to pursue Him.

Just like in loving someone, prayer is a decision. Pray if you’re happy, pray if you’re sad. When you’re mad, glad, frustrated, moody, excited, hurting, or lost, pray the same. Whether you’re hurting, raging, hating, or sinning, still pray! Easy? Far from it. But I’m accepting the challenge.

Persevering in difficulty in pursuit of God’s will means learning how to reach higher and climb harder out of the pit you dug yourself in. If, still, you find yourself far from the top, then you just have to try harder until you get there! This way, God sees your heart. So when you finally reach the top and overcome the difficulty of the journey, He hugs you with pride and grants you the peace of mind and heart you have been searching for.

God never said it would be easy, but what He promised us is that it will be worth it.

So whatever it is you are struggling with right now, reach higher, climb harder! You’ll overcome and get to the top eventually. How do I know? Because God’s will for you is to be fully, genuinely, and exceedingly happy. No questions asked. (Pia Angelica Suiza, YLSS#22)

Prayer

Lord, set my eyes only on You. Grant me the strength and wisdom to follow you especially during difficult times. You are all I hope for, Jesus. Your Will be done upon me. Amen.

 

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