Bea Borromeo, Little Whispers

Flesh And Blood

First Reading
1 THES 4:9-11

Brothers and sisters:
On the subject of fraternal charity
you have no need for anyone to write you,
for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,
and to aspire to live a tranquil life,
to mind your own affairs,
and to work with your own hands,
as we instructed you.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 98:1, 7-8, 9
R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Gospel
MK 6:17-29

Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers,
his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
Herodias’ own daughter came in
and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once
on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders
to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.


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“…you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9)

REFLECTION
I always thank God for giving me a family with whom I can always rely on, filling me up with nothing but love and support. A family who will accept me no matter what, who will always cheer me up and who will never leave my side. I always tell myself that I wouldn’t trade my family for anything in this world.

My support system, my love tank, my food buddies, my travel buddies and last but not the least, my greatest blessing. I do not have a perfect family but one thing is for sure, they are the only people whom I love and am loved no matter what.

Like with our family, we take each other’s flaws and imperfections, but one thing remains, love and acceptance. We should love one another. Just like what God is doing right now, accepting and loving us despite everything and letting us feel that He wouldn’t trade us for anything in this world as well. We just need to put all our trust in Him. We may not notice the little blessings that He is giving us, but one thing is for sure, it is all planned and designed perfectly because He loves us.

Prayer
Lord, we thank You for blessing us with so much more than we deserve. Thank You for teaching us how to love and appreciate one another. May you continue to nourish us with Your word and let us see Your beautiful plans, Amen.

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