Little Whispers, TJ Dizon

Gotta Love Mondays

First Reading
JGS 2:11-19

The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.
Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers,
who led them out of the land of Egypt,
they followed the other gods of the various nations around them,
and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.

Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth,
the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel,
and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them.
He allowed them to fall into the power of their enemies round about
whom they were no longer able to withstand.
Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster for them,
as in his warning he had sworn he would do,
till they were in great distress.
Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them
from the power of their despoilers,
they did not listen to their judges,
but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods.
They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken,
and did not follow their example of obedience
to the commandments of the LORD.
Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the judge
and save them from the power of their enemies
as long as the judge lived;
it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful cries
of affliction under their oppressors.
But when the judge died,
they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors,
following other gods in service and worship,
relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43AB AND 44
R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

They did not exterminate the peoples,
as the LORD had commanded them,
But mingled with the nations
and learned their works.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They served their idols,
which became a snare for them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
They became defiled by their works,
and wanton in their crimes.
And the LORD grew angry with his people,
and abhorred his inheritance.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
Many times did he rescue them,
but they embittered him with their counsels.
Yet he had regard for their affliction
when he heard their cry.
R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Gospel
MT 19:16-22

A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.


mondays

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'” (Matthew 19: 21)

REFLECTION
I used to hate Mondays.

I hated having a Sunday movie night with my family, then realizing that I would have to wake up early in the morning just to face reality in school. I would always remember all the times that I had to skip family dinners because I had lots of things due for the week. (If you are still wondering what kind of website this is, let me remind you that it is an inspirational website of sorts.)

However, as time passed, I realized the importance of Monday. Monday is the start of something new. I realized that I am too negative about Monday. Mondays can be good or bad, depending on how I viewed it.

Remember that bad week you had? All the piled up school works and projects? No matter how bad it may have been, remember that every Monday, you get a brand new start. It is the start of an opportunity to bless and be blessed. It is a chance to start a meaningful life. Don’t let your week start with negativity, rather, start it with joy, claiming that you will receive all of God’s blessings, and helping out those who are in need.

Claiming that you will be the best version of yourself! Start the best week of your life! May you have a meaningful Monday!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for inspiring me to live the life that you have given me. I pray that this week will be better than my previous weeks. I claim that this is my brand new start and that I will receive all your blessings. And that I may be an answered prayer to somebody today. Amen.

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