Caloi Licup, Little Whispers

Formal Attire

First Reading
1 THES 3:7-13

We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,
in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.
For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,
for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?
Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person
and to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.
Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus
direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase
and abound in love for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 90:3-5A, 12-13, 14 AND 17

R. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Alleluia MT 24:42A, 44

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel

MT 24:42-51

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant,
whom the master has put in charge of his household
to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
and begins to beat his fellow servants,
and eat and drink with drunkards,
the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day
and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely
and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

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Watercolor on paper

“May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones” – 1 Thessalonians 3:13

REFLECTION

Last semester, a party in school was held by our organization. The dress code for the guests was formal attire. Knowing my friends who are also members of the organization, they will likely be stubborn about the dress code. So I went to the party in casual clothing, expecting that my friends will do the same. But lo and behold, they followed the dress code. I was the only one in the party wearing a shirt and a pair of jeans. The fear of feeling out of place became true. They didn’t mind how I dressed that night, but it was kind of embarrassing.

“Nasa huli ang pagsisisi” (Regret is in the end) as the famous Filipino quote says. We’re afraid of following the rules because we don’t see how it’s going to work out in the end. We’re afraid to be alone on the good side when the others seem to be having the time of their lives on the “fun side”. But in the end, the things not of God that seemed to be pleasing, it means absolutely nothing. In this world, the power of sin gives us the illusion of happiness. But friends, there is nothing greater in this world than the love of God. 

Today, God is calling us to be holy by filling ourselves with His love. Our freedom has already been redeemed 2000 years ago. It is up to us if we decide to live a holy life. And I pray that you choose to live a holy life.

Prayer:
May you strengthen my heart so that I will be blameless and holy in Your presence. Amen.

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