Bea Rondario, Little Whispers

Dream Come True

First Reading
JGS 11:29-39A

The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.
He passed through Gilead and Manasseh,
and through Mizpah-Gilead as well,
and from there he went on to the Ammonites.
Jephthah made a vow to the LORD.
“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said,
“whoever comes out of the doors of my house
to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites
shall belong to the LORD.
I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.”

Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them,
and the LORD delivered them into his power,
so that he inflicted a severe defeat on them,
from Aroer to the approach of Minnith (twenty cities in all)
and as far as Abel-keramim.
Thus were the Ammonites brought into subjection
by the children of Israel.
When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah,
it was his daughter who came forth,
playing the tambourines and dancing.
She was an only child: he had neither son nor daughter besides her.
When he saw her, he rent his garments and said,
“Alas, daughter, you have struck me down
and brought calamity upon me.
For I have made a vow to the LORD and I cannot retract.”
She replied, “Father, you have made a vow to the LORD.
Do with me as you have vowed,
because the LORD has wrought vengeance for you
on your enemies the Ammonites.”
Then she said to her father, “Let me have this favor.
Spare me for two months, that I may go off down the mountains
to mourn my virginity with my companions.”
“Go,” he replied, and sent her away for two months.
So she departed with her companions
and mourned her virginity on the mountains.
At the end of the two months she returned to her father,
who did to her as he had vowed.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 40:5, 7-8A, 8B-9, 10
R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Blessed the man who makes the LORD his trust;
who turns not to idolatry
or to those who stray after falsehood.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

MT 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables
saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then the king said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?’
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen.”


“For many are invited but not all are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

Have you ever imagined yourself pulling off a Cady Heron (Mean Girls) in front of your whole school? Or envision yourself as the Queen/King of your prom? We all have had these kinds of fantasies, being acknowledged and appreciated in front of the crowd. Believe it or not, this has been my dream for the longest time- and it’s about to come true.

Recently, I received a message from my former college; it was an invitation for me and my partner to go to an event where they would give us an award for having the best thesis in our class. You see, my partner and I have worked hard to accomplish our research paper; we went through a lot for it. We would go for days without sleeping just to meet our deadlines. We learned how commute to different places to conduct interviews. We sacrificed time with our friends and families for this paper. And at the end of the day it’s just a paper. Everyone else sacrificed like we did. Everyone else went through sleepless nights some even probably went through so much more than us. It’s not just us who worked hard for their papers and yet we were the ones chosen to receive an award. But what I saw in me and my partner was the determination to aim for this award. Having the best thesis was all that we prayed for. We made sure that everything we did was enough for us to reach our goals. But on the other hand someone else probably deserved this as much as we did, but maybe they lacked preparation.

I may not be able to break a crown like Cady or wear a sash as a Prom Queen, but this is so much better than any other fantasy that I have ever dreamed for, hoped for, and prayed for. This proves that if you pray hard and work hard enough for something that you want, you will get it. God always gives us what’s best for us, because we are the chosen people who accepted His invitation.

Lord, help me to accept the things that are difficult to accept. Help me to be patient in waiting for your perfect plan for me. Amen.

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