Little Whispers, Tam Rodriguez

Optimism

First Reading
1 THES 4:13-18
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 96:1 AND 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13
R. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the LORD made the heavens.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Gospel
LK 4:16-30
Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll,
he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”
And he said,
“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.


A young man dunking a basketball. Focus on the basketball.

Let the havens be glad and the earth rejoice, let the sea and what fill it resound.” (Psalm 96: 11)

REFLECTION
All I can hear at that time were the squeaking shoes, the dribbling of the ball, and the beating of my heart. Fear and nervousness dominated my emotions and made me unstable, but I didn’t show this to my team because this was my last chance to prove that I was capable. The first possession had occurred and we ran our defense very well. We got the ball but failed to score, and a counter was given by the opposing team; a field goal was made, again and again. I saw my team gradually losing morale because of the run but my mind was optimistic and I knew I could do something.

Our shooter had missed a shot and I saw an opening. I grabbed the missed ball and muscled my way to get a lay-up. I continued a steady pace, scored consistently, getting rebounds and handing out assists until we got the lead. Then I heard the crowd chanting my name over and over again. Suddenly, adrenaline burst from my body and I used this to maximize my game. I was so overwhelmed with joy that time, I hardly made any mistakes.

The quarter had ended and my captain saw my fatigue, so he benched me for a while. As I sat there recovering, my teammates started praising me for my performance. When the final buzzer was heard, we won and ended it with a great margin. Even though our bodies were sore, we still managed to jump around and celebrate our success. I can’t imagine how happy I was seeing my teammates rejoice because of what I did.

Optimism is the best gift that God gave to me. I never knew that this trait would make a difference in my life. So if you’re having troubles right now, use optimism as a tool to help you. You never know, it just might give you the winning shot.

Reflection Song

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