Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

Plans

First Reading
1 TM 3:14-16

Beloved:
I am writing you,
although I hope to visit you soon.
But if I should be delayed,
you should know how to behave in the household of God,
which is the Church of the living God,
the pillar and foundation of truth.
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,

Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. (2) How great are the works of the Lord!

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of his works,
giving them the inheritance of the nations.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!

Gospel
LK 7:31-35

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

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“With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness”

REFLECTION

Planning for college has been the biggest decision I had so far. I needed to get into my desired school. I didn’t consider it as my “dream school” before, but I considered it as a goal. As a goal, I was driven to get it but sometimes, plans don’t go the way you think they’re supposed to go.

I got wait-listed and the worst part was that it was in a course I didn’t even like. My friends were all telling me to think about it and appeal for reconsideration— and so I did. I did all of those things but at the back of my mind, it felt like complete torture. Nothing about what I did made any sense. It’s as if I just wanted to go with what everyone was expecting of me. After three months of waiting for the results, I decided to go in a different direction – a direction where the course I wanted was at hand.

It was hard letting go of all the plans I had set and the goal I aimed for four years but I realized that maybe God wanted to shake my life up. It might have been His way of telling me that He needed me to experience the self-doubt, agony, and criticism so that I could come out stronger in the end. It took that surprise for me to know that everything we’re experiencing, everything we struggle to get through, is His way of moulding us. In the end, I know I’ll be more gentle, kind, peaceful, and merciful because of these difficult experiences.

Prayer

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