Little Whispers, Maan Fernandez

The Summit

First Reading
RV 21:9B-14

The angel spoke to me, saying,
“Come here.
I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God.
It gleamed with the splendor of God.
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall,
with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
and on which names were inscribed,
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
There were three gates facing east,
three north, three south, and three west.
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
R. (12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Gospel
JN 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”


summit

“Come and see.” (John 1: 46)

REFLECTION
A few months back – in the midst of the crazy whirlwind that is school – my friends randomly decided to plan a hiking trip. Needing a breather and a quick escape, I immediately said yes without really understanding what I was getting myself into.

With absolutely no preparations or whatsoever, (and by that I mean almost a year of no exercise at all! To top it off, I had to wear my mom’s BADMINTON shoes since I couldn’t find my only pair of functional hiking shoes the night before our trip!!!), we hopped on that bus en route to Mt. Talamitam, Batangas.

Can I just say… Those were the scariest hours of my life! Around 10 minutes into the hike, I already found myself hanging on to just about anything – including digging my finger tips into the soil – just so I wouldn’t slide back and roll down the steep hills.

It was a climb all the way and it felt like it was never going to end. But all that craziness was instantly rewarded once I stepped foot on the summit with that beautiful 360 degree view.

All it took was for me to say YES to go on that crazy adventure, just like how Jesus is calling out to you to say yes to Him. It wouldn’t be the easiest mountain to climb, but He promises you that He will be there to walk with you, crawl with you, and climb that crazy mountain with you until you finally reach your own beautiful summit. ☺

Reflection Song

Never Once by Matt Redman

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