Little Whispers, Rani del Rosario Danac

PFC – Pray For Courage

First Reading
1 THES 2:1-8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,
that our reception among you was not without effect.
Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,
as you know, in Philippi,
we drew courage through our God
to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.
Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives,
nor did it work through deception.
But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel,
that is how we speak,
not as trying to please men,
but rather God, who judges our hearts.
Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know,
or with a pretext for greed–God is witness–
nor did we seek praise from men,
either from you or from others,
although we were able to impose our weight as Apostles of Christ.
Rather, we were gentle among you,
as a nursing mother cares for her children.
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
so dearly beloved had you become to us.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 139:1-3, 4-6
R. (1) You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

Gospel
MT 23:23-26

Jesus said:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”


letstalk

“Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated, as you know, in Philippi, we drew courage through our God to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.” (1 Thessalonians 2:2)

REFLECTION
From 2nd to 4th year in high school, I’ve been in the same club in my school – Peer Facilitator’s Circle or PFC. PFC is the right hand of the Guidance Office for the High School Department. In that club, we are trained and given workshops as well as seminars to learn how to be able to be a Peer Facilitator. Long story short, we were taught how to help our peers when they have problems of their own. During my senior year, I was elected as the President.

Being the president, I had to be a good example. I had to be a role model for my clubmates and even my schoolmates because they look up to me as their ate or someone they can talk to whenever they needed. They usually come to me to tell me about how they feel. After venting out, they would ask me, “What now, Ate Rani?” Usually, I could give them helpful advices. But every once in a while, I get a little bit caught up with life and I myself don’t know what to do. That’s when I would talk to our moderator, whom we call Mommy, about the things that bother me. After talking to her, I’d eventually be able to go back to my duty of being an ate to whoever needed me even if I was going through something myself.

It’s pretty much the same with our relationship with God. We are all humans and we experience sufferings. But whatever it is that is going on in our lives, we find our courage to continue to spread His Word even if we are struggling. And even if we hit rock bottom, we must keep in our minds and in our hearts that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for being our source of strength and courage to face our struggles in life. Help us keep in our hearts and in our minds that as long as we rest in Your warm embrace, everything will be perfectly fine.

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