Little Whispers, Tal Jalandoni

Pray It Forward

First Reading
COL 1:9-14

Brothers and sisters:
From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you
and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit
and growing in the knowledge of God,
strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience,
with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share
in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
He delivered us from the power of darkness
and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 98:2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6
R. (2) The Lord has made known his salvation.

The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Gospel
LK 5:1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God,
he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him
and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.


clearlungs

“We do not cease praying for you.” (Colossians 1:9)

REFLECTION
A few years back, I had Dengue Fever. When I was about to be discharged from the hospital, the doctors said there were complications. X-rays showed that water had partially filled my lungs. The doctors weren’t too sure then but they said it could be Leukemia or Tuberculosis.

To be honest, hearing that didn’t really affect me. For me, it was like hearing I just had the common cold. I can’t say the same for my parents though. Distraught would be the word to describe them. And so, they prayed hard for my healing.

After I was discharged, we visited a doctor who is also a co-member of our community. She prescribed a list of medicines that unfortunately has some toxic side effects such as vomiting and dizziness. That was the first time I felt distress only because I was scared of the pain the meds might cause. Then, Dad asked permission from Doc if I could have another X-Ray to have a second look at my lungs before I take any meds. He told her God has been telling him something in prayer and he wanted to confirm it first through the X-Ray. Doc reluctantly consented. X-ray no. 2 was accomplished and when we got the results, the water in my lungs was gone! Dad later explained to me that God told him in prayer, “My blood co-mingles with her blood.” God joined His blood with mine to heal me. That just blows my mind and sends shivers down my spine every time I recall that. He healed me even before the reality of having a deadly sickness had sunk in me, even before I had asked for Him to heal me.

I can’t even begin to express how many times prayers have brought miracles into my life. As I recall the times He has been good to me, I am filled with shame for being forgetful and unappreciative and at the same time awe for how He is constant in His love and mercy for me despite being undeserving, ignorant and ungrateful.

Prayers are powerful, my friend. And that is an understatement. Pray unceasingly. And if you find that hard to do, boldly ask others to pray for you. And pray for others.

You may not always feel blessed, but I am 100% sure you are. Take it from someone with cleared lungs. And she’s praying for you today.

Prayer
Dear Lord, soften my heart and open my eyes to the good things you are constantly doing in my life. In a special way I pray for (name person you want to pray for). Please bless him/her today. Thank you. Amen.

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