Clarissa Asilo, Little Whispers

Greatest Reward

First Reading
HG 1:1-8

On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius,
The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai
to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,
and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak:

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
This people says:
“The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses,
while this house lies in ruins?

Now thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
You have sown much, but have brought in little;
you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;
You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated;
have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed;
And whoever earned wages
earned them for a bag with holes in it.

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
Go up into the hill country;
bring timber, and build the house
That I may take pleasure in it
and receive my glory, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B
R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.

Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

LK 9:7-9

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him.


“For the LORD loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory.” (Psalm 149:4)

I was in my lowest point in life when I was in high school. Problems in family, relationships and school came out from here and there. There was no break from the hurt I’m experiencing. It caused me to do things just to get over the heaviness I feel inside.

One day, I found myself stop by at a church where I spent an hour or two crying and staring the cross in front of me. Before, I never was a person who prays nor one who seek peace to God when troubled. But right there, I felt the comfort and serenity that I’ve been longing for.

Several weeks later, I got invited to attend Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar. One of the lines that struck me most was, “Let Go and Let God.” It was perfect, I knew that I needed to hear as the speaker in front told us to surrender all our hurt, pain and burdens for He will take care of it and leads us to salvation.

As I surrendered everything, I whispered in prayer, “Ikaw na bahala Lord. Sobrang sakit na talaga.” (I surrender everything to You, Lord. I can’t take the hurt anymore.)

After my YLSS, I started to attend youth prayer meetings, have daily prayer time and read God’s word. Little did I know, I was able let go of my frustrations and deal with life easily as I rely on God’s work for me.

Now I can say, the trials I had in life were now a living testimony that God will always be there to catch me. Despite the trials that come my way, I’m already victorious because the greatest reward I have is Jesus. Today, the Lord wants to remind us that He will meet us halfway as we run to Him for comfort. He tells us that we shouldn’t be fed up with our struggles because He will make something beautiful out of it. For God blessed us and loved us so much to have Him as our greatest reward and we, as His ultimate champion!

Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me trials in life. Trials that are made to be as a testimony of Your great love for me. Be with me as I let go of these frustrations and focus on Your marvelous plan for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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