Hakee Aliwate, Little Whispers

(I’M)POSSIBLE

First Reading
EPH 4:1-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 19:2-3, 4-5
R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

Gospel
MT 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”


speechanxiety

“Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mt. 9:13)

REFLECTION
I wasn’t always a fan of public speaking, especially when it came to talking about something I believed in. It was simply impossible for me. I was always afraid nobody would care enough to listen, so I avoided the situation at all costs. Until one day, the situation found me.

It was back in 2011 when I was asked by my teacher to prepare a Gospel reflection to share in front of my entire batch. I was mortified just thinking about standing in front of everyone. I had to say “no” unless I wanted to embarrass myself.

But something stronger in me made me take on the task anyway.

As I was writing my reflection the night before my sharing, I had already imagined fifty different ways everything could go wrong. All of them ended with my friends laughing at me. None of them assured me that I was going to be okay.

Until I ended my sharing the following day.

And suddenly there was one less impossible thing on my list.

Now that I look back at that experience, I realize that it’s more than a story about conquering my fear of public speaking. It was a story about being God’s instrument.

When God calls on us to follow Him, no matter how unimaginable it sounds, all we have to do is trust Him. He doesn’t want us to be anything but ourselves because that’s enough. With God by our side, we are graced with perfection and so nothing is impossible.

So as a new week begins, and new challenges come our way, let us be guided by God’s light and love, and witness everything we thought impossible come through.

Prayer
Almighty Father, we praise and thank You for Your unbounded love and faith in us. Guided by the example of Your Son, Jesus Christ, may we always be true to Your Word and hopeful to Your promise. Amen.

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