Diego Reyes, Little Whispers

My Name Is

First Reading
1 TM 1:1-2, 12-14

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior
and of Christ Jesus our hope,
to Timothy, my true child in faith:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy
in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man,
but I have been mercifully treated
because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 16:1B-2A AND 5, 7-8, 11
R. (see 5) You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

LK 6:39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable:
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”


“Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,” (1 Timothy 1:1)

My name is Juan Diego D. Reyes.

It is always a good idea to introduce yourself to people with the name you want them to call you. And in my case, I would always introduce myself as Diego. But seeing as Diego is not a very popular name, some people would get it confused with Jeg or Jed. After they learn about my name, it is always guaranteed that I have to tell them that no, I haven’t seen Dora and no, I do not have a cousin named Dora! Another thing with my name is that cafe baristas rarely get my name right, they would always mess up a few letters, spelling it as Jego and Deigo.

Names carry much power and meaning. Haven’t you noticed how, in every Epistle, Paul introduced himself? He was not ashamed to be called a lover of a crazy Preacher in Galilee! Are you crazy enough to be called a lover, a student, a disciple of Jesus? 

This is what God wants us to do today! He wants us to know that we are all His sons and daughters despite of our sin, of our weaknesses as human beings. No matter how broken you are today, no matter how lost you may seem, God wants you to know that you are His, that no matter what happens, you are a son of a God who loved you so much that He stretched out His arms on the Cross for you, claiming you as the Child of the One True King. You are not a mistake, you are not a liar, you are not a loser, you are the son of God, King of Kings.

So, when sin comes knocking, when failures scream at your inability, and when menacing mountains loom over you, roar back at it, shout out and introduce yourself as the Son of God, the Father, the brother of God, the Son, and the student of God, the Spirit!

Reflection Song

Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West


reyes-diego-wcClick on the image to find out more about Diego!

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