Little Whispers, TJ Rodriguez

I Love You

First Reading
RU 1:1, 3-6, 14B-16, 22

Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land;
so a man from Bethlehem of Judah
departed with his wife and two sons
to reside on the plateau of Moab.
Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,
and she was left with her two sons, who married Moabite women,
one named Orpah, the other Ruth.
When they had lived there about ten years,
both Mahlon and Chilion died also,
and the woman was left with neither her two sons nor her husband.
She then made ready to go back from the plateau of Moab
because word reached her there
that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.

Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth stayed with her.

Naomi said, “See now!
Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her god.
Go back after your sister-in-law!”
But Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!
For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge,
your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

Thus it was that Naomi returned
with the Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth,
who accompanied her back from the plateau of Moab.
They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 146:5-6AB, 6C-7, 8-9A, 9BC-10
R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
The LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!

Gospel
MT 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law, tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”


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“He said to him,’You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.” (Matthew 22:37)

REFLECTION
What does it mean to love? Is it more of an act, a feeling, or a state? For me, love is all three. Love starts first with feelings. When love is present, we feel happy and excited. Because of this, it drives us to move—to act out the love that we are experiencing. As we are continuously driven by love, we realize that we are in love. It becomes our state of mind, body, and soul. As this love grows, we become happier and more uplifted.

I experience this love everyday; a love that comes from God. I started to feel His love during my Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar (YLSS). I felt that I’ve become a part of something great for He has changed my life since then. He pats me on the back when I’ve done something great, and assures me that He will never leave my side no matter what. Thanks to Him, my life went from dull to bright. As I felt God’s love, I started to share it with others through my service in the Youth Ministry. By serving Him, I get to touch other people’s lives and let them also feel how God has moved me. Through service, I have made most of the gifts that He has given me, especially in singing. The love that He has given me has been overflowing. Now, I sing and shout praises to Him as I am in the know that God is good all the time.

God’s love is supreme. His love is perfect. His love is one of a kind. Being loved by God has been bringing happiness in my life. In return, I will love Him for the rest of my life.

Prayer
I love you Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship you
Oh my soul, rejoice
Take joy my king in what you hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear

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