Joshua Hernandez, Little Whispers

A True Mother

First Reading
1 TM 3:1-13

Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:
whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,
married only once, temperate, self-controlled,
decent, hospitable, able to teach,
not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,
not contentious, not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well,
keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;
for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,
how can he take care of the Church of God?
He should not be a recent convert,
so that he may not become conceited
and thus incur the Devil’s punishment.
He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,
so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil’s trap.

Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,
not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Moreover, they should be tested first;
then, if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,
but temperate and faithful in everything.
Deacons may be married only once
and must manage their children and their households well.
Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing
and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 101:1B-2AB, 2CD-3AB, 5, 6
R. (2) I will walk with blameless heart.

Of mercy and judgment I will sing;
to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I will persevere in the way of integrity;
when will you come to me?
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
I will walk with blameless heart,
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
any base thing.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,
him will I destroy.
The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heart
I will not endure.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of integrity
shall be in my service.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.

Gospel
JN 19:25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

Or
LK 2:33-35

Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
and you yourself a sword will pierce
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”


 

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“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.'” (John 19:26)

REFLECTION
My mom is currently working abroad and doing her best to support my siblings and I. Even though we are physically apart, she always tries her best to contact me through video chat through the internet. She also shares stories with me about her life with my youngest sister in Australia. She also loves to ask me questions. Her most frequent question is the one I fear the most, which is “How are your grades?” This just shows how much she cares, because she always wants to be updated about my life.

My mother is one of the most loving and significant persons in my life. You may all have your opinions about your mothers, but for me a mother is not just someone who gave birth to you. She is someone who would do anything for you to make you feel happy and safe no matter what. She would prioritize your problems first before her own problems. Mothers will always be there for you in every aspect of life. Sometimes we feel angry at them for being a little annoying because they keep on asking about your day or other details. But to them that simple answer of yours is enough to relieve them of all their problems, because they know that you are safe or that you feel alright.

In today’s gospel, Mother Mary was standing right next to Jesus at the verge of his crucifixion. She did not leave or feel ashamed of having a son who was accused as a criminal. She stood right by His side until the very end, and that makes Mother Mary a perfect example of a mother. God has blessed us with a mother who we should learn to love and respect as much as they love us – a true mother, who will always show acts of unconditional love to each and every one of us.

Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for all our mothers who will love us forever. Thank you for giving us someone who will be there for us no matter what challenge in life we go through. I hope all the mothers out there would be loved as much as they do for their families.

Lord, bless all the mothers around the world to be strengthened by your Holy Spirit and be guided always. May You guide us children that we may not give our mothers a hard time in taking care of us. Amen.

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