Eirene Enciso, Little Whispers

The Man Who Won

First Reading
1 TM 6:2C-12

Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Fear not when a man grows rich,
when the wealth of his house becomes great,
For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
his wealth shall not follow him down.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
“They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
He shall join the circle of his forebears
who shall never more see light.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

LK 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.


“If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.” (1 Timothy 6: 8)

My friend once told me of a certain man who won a raffle. The man was asked to pick a box that contained prizes. He opened the first one, and upon seeing that it contained an iPhone 4, he said, “Ayoko niyan, masyadong maliit!” (No, not this one, this phone is too small!)

He immediately opened a second box and in that box was an iPhone 5. He exclaimed, “Ayoko din nito, hindi siya yung may fingerprint!” (I don’t like this also, it doesn’t have the fingerprint function!)

He went to the second-to-the-last box and upon finding an iPad inside, he said, “Hindi ito ang gusto ko, masyado naman itong malaki!” (I do not like this either, it is too big for me!)

He was so excited  to see what was in the last box, he thought that with all the expensive gadgets in the first 3 boxes, he would finally get the gadget he was looking for! But, when he opened it, he saw nothing but an old, useless phone and he went away empty-handed.

Have you ever felt the same way the man felt in the story? Have you been sad because you were given a chance but kept thinking that you wanted more? In the readings today, God is trying to tell you that you shouldn’t take things for granted. Don’t wait for that old useless phone to realize that you’ve let your opportunities pass! If instead you fill your heart with gratitude, you’ll find that God’s blessings are more than you could ever have asked for.

Dear God, we thank you for all the blessings that you have given us. I hope that we learn to take our time and think about things that we have and be grateful for them. Amen


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