Jolo Tiongco, Little Whispers

The Blessing Within

First Reading
COL 3:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.
Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way.
But now you must put them all away:
anger, fury, malice, slander,
and obscene language out of your mouths.
Stop lying to one another,
since you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator.
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcision and uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
but Christ is all and in all.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13AB
R. (9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Gospel
LK 6:20-26

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”


jolo

“Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.”  (Luke 6:23)

REFLECTION

Back in the 8th grade, I was a part of a group of friends coming from different sections and we always hung out.

Sadly, one of my closest friends and I had a misunderstanding. It became difficult since we were in the same group of friends. Even more difficult than that was the fact that we became classmates. Having no way to avoid each other completely caused even greater tension between us.

But that was not the end of God’s plan for our group. It took a very long time for our hurts to be healed and for us to eventually forgive each other, but in time, it still happened. That disagreement allowed us to find God in our own ways. Moreover, we got to share Jesus with each other by sharing our experiences not only in  our communities but also from our personal stories.

Today, you should be reminded that even if things may seem bad, sometimes it helps to remember that the reward of God does not always come at an instant. But His promise is that He always works within our weaknesses to bring us and others around us His blessings.

Prayer

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1 thought on “The Blessing Within”

  1. Bless you jolo for your wonderful sharing. May the good Lord Jesus continue to guide you and inspire you to do your work in the youth ministry. God bless.

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