Gerard Ramirez, Little Whispers

Generals

First Reading
WIS 2:12, 17-20

The wicked say:
Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 54:3-4, 5, 6 AND 8
R. (6b) The Lord upholds my life.

O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
For the haughty men have risen up against me,
the ruthless seek my life;
they set not God before their eyes.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. The Lord upholds my life.

Second Reading
JAS 3:16—4:3

Beloved:
Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
there is disorder and every foul practice.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without inconstancy or insincerity.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.

Where do the wars
and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions
that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive,
because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Gospel
MK 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”


Generals

“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”  (Mark 9:35)

REFLECTION
Have you ever wondered why generals stay at the back of the formation during the ancient times? Is it because they don’t want to get hurt? Is it because they think highly of themselves that they’d rather watch their soldiers die from afar? The idea of the formation is to position the general on a vantage point where they can see the entire battlefield so the general can plan and give commands and lead the army to victory.

A great general will never lead his army in the frontlines nor in the middle of the formation where he has no vision of the entire field. He will not he able to lead in that position. Like how a shepherd will never walk in front of his flock. A shepherd will stay behind his flock to make sure no sheep will go astray.

Friends, let us always remember, a good leader will never put himself first nor will talk highly about himself. Instead, he will only stand in front to inspire but will always stay behind to lead. In preparation for our country’s Presidential election next year, let us always put this in mind and let us pray for guidance that we may choose the leaders who will put our country first before themselves. God bless us all.

Prayer
Lord God, thank You for sending Your son, Jesus, to save and guide us back to You. Thank You for giving us the best example of a great leader. Father, we pray for guidance as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming National election next year. May we discern and vote for the best leaders that will guide our country back to its former glory. Amen.

Author

Gerard Ramirez – ramirez.gk@gmail.com

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