Kirae Geneciran, Little Whispers

Our Little Inspiration

First Reading
IS 50:5-9A
The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let that man confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?

Responsorial Psalm
PS 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
R. (9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I love the LORD because he has heard
my voice in supplication,
Because he has inclined his ear to me
the day I called.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The cords of death encompassed me;
the snares of the netherworld seized upon me;
I fell into distress and sorrow,
And I called upon the name of the LORD,
“O LORD, save my life!”
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gracious is the LORD and just;
yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD keeps the little ones;
I was brought low, and he saved me.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

For he has freed my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
JAS 2:14-18

What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can that faith save him?
If a brother or sister has nothing to wear
and has no food for the day,
and one of you says to them,
“Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ”
but you do not give them the necessities of the body,
what good is it?
So also faith of itself,
if it does not have works, is dead.

Indeed someone might say,
“You have faith and I have works.”
Demonstrate your faith to me without works,
and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

Gospel
MK 8:27-35

Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it.”


doggy

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

REFLECTION
I can’t help but remember our little puppy, Robbie, who just recently joined our little family.

He was a birthday gift to Kae. And because we were first time owners, I spent Robbie’s first days with us researching about dog care, and every detail I could find about his breed. We relied on suggestions from friends as we started taking care of him. But slowly, we were all getting frustrated with how stubborn he could be. Robbie was peeing all over the house, didn’t ever want to sleep in his crate and was destroying everything he could play with like the plants.

Still, he is a blessing. He really brings joy to us. With this, we really embraced our little puppy with so much love and care. Now, at three months old, he knows where to pee already and doesn’t stress us so much anymore. It really feels like he has surrendered to us as his masters. He’s more responsive to us now when we call him, and he stops doing bad things when we say no.

Upon reflecting on this, I can just imagine how patient God is with me. I sin, I make mistakes, I hurt people sometimes. And yet, He’s just there, His saving love readily available to me. He is never a God who punishes, but a God who gives salvation and new life.

Friends, we are God’s children, and as the Greatest Father, He absolutely knows how to take care of us. We are made to worship Him, serve Him, and be His follower to share Jesus to others. Today, we are reminded of our calling to follow Him no matter the cost. In denying ourselves, we must turn our backs from our old, wicked ways. God wants our total dedication, and we take up our cross by giving and surrendering our whole lives to God.

Today, I invite you to take up your cross and follow Jesus. For in Him, there is fullness of life.

Prayer
Lord, I come to You. I surrender everything I am, and everything that I’ll ever be. Make me Your disciple. May my life be a pleasing offering to You. Amen.

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